Gingrich: Obama policies fuel Muslim claims
March 23rd, 2012
03:57 PM ET
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Gingrich: Obama policies fuel Muslim claims

Port Fourchon, Louisiana (CNN) - Barack Obama is a Christian, Newt Gingrich said Friday, but he also said he understands why some people believe the U.S. president is Muslim.

"Why does the president behave the way that people would think that? You have to ask why would they believe that? It's not because they're stupid," Gingrich said after a campaign stop on Louisiana's Gulf Coast Friday.

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The Republican presidential candidate experienced that firsthand in Lake Charles Wednesday, when a man stood up during a question and answer session and said, among other things, that he believes Obama "is a Muslim."

Since then reporters have asked Gingrich why he didn't correct the man if he believes that to be untrue.

"Does it bother or concern you that so many people do think he's a Muslim? Polls show it's a big chunk of the electorate," a reporter from Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked him during a media availability. Gingrich replied, "It should bother the president."

Gingrich turned to the administration's policies to explain why some people might question the president's Christian faith. He said the administration has "a very strange value system."

"The fact is I take [Obama] at his word but I think it is very bizarre that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they are killing young Americans while at the same time going to war against the Catholic Church and against every right to live Protestant organization in the country," said Gingrich.

He added, "I just think this is an administration that has very odd values. They're just standard left-wing values which is as long as you're not Christian or Jewish we respect you."

The former House speaker often points out the administrations "war" with the Catholic Church related to the rights of religious institutions and the universal health care law.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Bart

    Gingrich, You are right, they do not believe the president is Muslim because they are stupid, it is because they are racists, like you. Second, he does not apologize to violent extremists that are killing our people – shame on you for lying.

    March 23, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. PJ/TX

    Newt has to pay homage to his sugar daddy. Even if it takes lying. Newt will be President-–
    when pigs fly--to the moon-–to colonize.

    March 23, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    That Convention in Miami can't come soon enough, if only to get rid of him. Hopefully he won't get a gig on FOX NOISE and annoy America the way Palin is still doing.


    The low IQ mouth breathers who watch faux don't find the dim bulb annoying at all. They think she's charming. IMO, she's looking a little haggard of late. Must be all that hate & ugly bubbling to the surface – it's starting to consume her!

    March 23, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    but I don't care what religion a candidate practices as long as he works to help America.


    And doesn't try to force his religious beliefs on the rest of us as one of the four remaining clowns in the GOP car has outright stated he will do.

    March 23, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    "Seriously Tommie, do you think conservatives will vote for Obama? Or just stay home and let Obama run the country over the cliff for 4 more years?? "

    You for real? I know plenty of staunch conservatives who will stay home, including family members, if Mittens is nominated. They don't trust him and don't perceive him as having any core values....quite the contrary, they perceive him as an avaricious, self-serving panderer who will do and say ANYTHING to get into the WH. THAT makes him and his loyalties BUYABLE.


    Right on Sniffit! I know plenty of older white females who were furious that Hillary didn't win. They either stayed home or attempted to throw their younger sisters under the bus by voting for the also rans.

    March 23, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. kayla

    No Newt, they are not stupid. just RACIST.

    March 23, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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