Gingrich to headline Liberty University conference
March 16th, 2011
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Gingrich to headline Liberty University conference

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich is slated to return to Liberty University in early April, six months after the likely presidential candidate delivered a speech at the Christian school founded by the late evangelical leader Rev. Jerry Falwell.

According to the university, Gingrich will join more than 40 conservatives for The Awakening conference, a gathering that aims to "empower a new revolution" around issues of faith and core social values.

Among the topics addressed during the two-day conference at the Lynchburg, Virginia school include "abortion, the economy, religious liberty, marriage and homosexuality, Sharia Law, the Middle East, Human Sex Trafficking, Reaching Minority Communities and Using New Media and Technology to Power a Movement."

Gingrich, who is seeking to burnish his credentials with the evangelical community as he mulls a presidential run, last appeared at the religious school in October, during which he told students and key conservative Christian activists that Americans needed to fight back against secular socialists, including President Barack Obama.

"Imagine a small secular political elite imposing its radical values on a massive majority of worshippers," he said in a passage describing Poland under communism. "You can see how strange Poland was – or maybe you can see how relevant this story is to America today."

"President Obama's secular socialist philosophy is profoundly in conflict with the heart of the American system and is a repudiation of the core lessons of American history," Gingrich added then.

Gingrich has stepped up outreach to religious conservatives in recent years, seeking to repair relationships that were tarnished after he admitted to multiple instances of marital infidelity. Last year, he founded a group called Renewing American Leadership, which aims to mobilize conservative evangelicals and Catholics and to strengthen ties between economic and religious conservatives.

Gingrich earlier this month announced an "exploratory phase" in his presidential considerations.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. miissmud

    Please Newt dont force the American public to let you know how loathe you really are. Save what little self respect you may have,,,

    GO AWAY & MICHELLE BACHMAN should follow you to the scrap pile

    March 16, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. JLR

    Let's see. He's hypocritical, self-righteous, with a superiority complex. Sounds like the perfect role-model for evangelical christians.

    March 16, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. irene

    Be very afraid. The religious right want to do away with the separation of church and state and force their

    March 16, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. irene

    Be very afraid. The religious right want to do away with the separation of church and state and force their myopic beliefs on us. What give people like Newt the moral authority over others? He's a liar, cheater, adulterer, greedy, power-hungry mobster! Be very afraid of these people – the American Taliban!

    March 16, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Jake

    gross. he's such a "moral" fraud! as was Falwell!

    March 16, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Jef Brown in Jersey

    He makes me nauseous!

    March 16, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Maybe, Newt's talking about liberty from that circle on the ring finger of his left hand.

    March 16, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. moesmum

    @Sniffit – maybe I'm not reading your posts correctly, but it looks like you think Liberty is a "Catholic" university. It isn't, it was founded by the Rev. Falwell, an evangelical. It has nothing to do with the Catholic Faith. II think it's a "born again Christian" institution.

    March 16, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. BlackPanthers2020

    sounds like a religeous KKK meeting to me............nothing to see here people , keep it moving !!!!!

    March 16, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Greg in Arkansas

    Jesus taught Christians to Love their enemies.....
    GOP Christians need to learn to Love thier firends first instead of hate everyone that does not agree with them......

    March 16, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. The Dude

    I'll take "secular socialist philosophy" over "conservative christian" any day. I'd say the former is closer to what Jesus had in mind for his followers. You don't run a country with a religious philosophy unless you want to end up like Iran. Newt should stick to what he excels at: infidelity and the art of deception.

    March 16, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    Why do Republican names for things always mean the opposite of what they are...example:

    Green Forrest Act – gave large parts of national forrests to private developers
    Clean Air Act – reduced pollution regulations so we had less clean air...
    No Child Left Behind – except for those we leave behind, which was more than before (and Obama supports this one too)..
    Compassionate Conservative – HAHAHAHAHAHA, don't make me laugh with this oxymoron...
    Liberty University – Most Conservative and backwards university in the US...
    etc etc etc

    Every single thing means the opposite of what it is called...

    March 16, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Newt should do an actual university like Berkley or Stanford and see himself boooed off stage, not some fake Christian theological school that calles itself a University...

    March 16, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Todd

    I like Newt, he stands for marriage between one man and one woman... who he dumps when she is riddled with cancer, and with another woman, who he later dumps for a third woman.

    But heck, he is all for family values. heck, he alone has 3 separate families.

    March 16, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Dawn

    Lets see what good old Newt has to say about Family values.
    He is such a HYPOCRITE. Surely there is a place in hell for him.

    March 16, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Michael

    The future belongs to progressives, not fundamentalists. No matter how hard you try to drag a nation back into the Dark Ages, in the end you will fail – even in places like the Middle East.
    In a few years, the Koch brothers, Gingrich, and all the other old hypocritical, self-serving reactionaries will be history, just like institutionalized slavery, apartheid, and "prima nocte" – and good riddance.

    March 16, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. chelle

    Now this is why the rest of the world looks at the US and goes "hmmmmmmmmmmmmm". President Obama is neither a secular man (devout Christian) or a socialist. Yet the GOP keeps on harping on these tag-lines and Americans keep swallowing the hook. Your country is not founded on religion, despite what the right would have you believe. Pick up a history book. It is founded on English common-law and Greek philosophy – neither of which is found in the Bible.

    March 16, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. I'm Just Saying

    HOW CAN THIS MAN SPEAK ON CORE VALUES? ARE THEY BEING SOLD AT WALMART, BECAUSE HE CERTAINLY DID NOT HAVE ANY YESTERDAY? Talk about hypocrite. Instead of worrying about things like gay marriage, the right should be speaking out on multi-marriers like him. Core values, yeah, right.

    March 16, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. I'm Just Saying

    I worry about evangelist and put the words "God said" in from of any statement and they automatically believe it.

    March 16, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. cpmondello

    Second amendment remedies comes to mind, thanks to Sharron Angle.

    March 16, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. T.K.

    Well, well ... if these folks bandy about the adjective "socialist" for Pres. Obama perhaps can we also bandy about the adjective "fascist" for them?

    March 16, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. JoeT

    Surely gathering Gingrich and 2 score other quasi-fascists could indeed lead to a great awakening– at least for the Democratic Party.

    March 16, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. QS

    "President Obama's secular socialist philosophy is profoundly in conflict with the heart of the American system and is a repudiation of the core lessons of American history,"

    Actually Newt, you have this backwards: The Constitution and religious beliefs are in conflict, that I agree with – one grants freedom for all, while the other grants freedom for only those who happen to adhere to that particular ideology.

    Seems evident which one of those concepts Newt prefers...and it's not freedom for all. And a "repudiation of the core lessons of American history"? Seriously!?

    The core lessons of American history are embodied in the Constitution which prevents religious beliefs of any kind from dictating what others must adhere to in regards to morality, including and especially Christianity. Again, it seems quite clear that Newt, along with probably the whole religious right, have no regard or respect for those principles....may have something to do with the fact that their beliefs are incompatible with Constitutional principles.

    "Imagine a small secular political elite imposing its radical values on a massive majority of worshippers,"

    As opposed to the way Newt and others would prefer, which would be the massive majority of worshippers imposing its radical values on a small secular minority.

    This type of religious rhetoric is dangerous in that it stirs up the zealots in a way that has many resembling the Phelps' clan. It only further proves that the religious in this country obviously don't really care about following their own values because they'll welcome a philanderer like Newt back into the fold simply because he espouses intolerance comparable to their own.

    March 16, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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