Wha-wha-wha-what?! Gingrich apparently doesn’t understand what atheism or secularism is. He may have a faint idea of what radical Islam is but he’s probably not too knowledgeable on that either. To conflate radical theocracy with secularism is insurmountably stupid. What most fundamentalist Christians actually want is theocracy. They are much closer to radical Islam than secularism or atheism is. The fact that they remain blind to this similarity is somewhat amazing, but mostly sad. During her senate run, Christine O’Donnell said the way women are treated in the Middle East is “refreshing”. And this is rather typical. I don’t even want to imagine what Newt Gingrich would say to that. But, if this is any indication:
He has also warned of the risk of radical Islam, as in a film called “America at Risk” that is grounded in the notion that “we are at war with radical Islamists – and it is a war we are losing.”
But the former House speaker seemed to conflate the two arguments over the weekend, suggesting that his grandchildren could eventually find themselves “in a secular atheist country” that is potentially dominated by “radical Islamists.” [Read more]
How could anyone even say something this stupid? Secular atheist country, maybe. I wish. But dominated by theocracy? That’s what we are fighting against. What our forefathers and mothers fought so arduously against. The fact that people say this while there are some that don’t call him out on this is sickening. It’s so infuriating to hear such ignorance from someone with power. My brain hurts even trying to follow this line of thinking.
The more secular nations may, for instance, outlaw burqas. So, what was he saying again?