Newt Gingrich: President Obama’s actions make people believe he’s Muslim

“It should bother the president. Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he is a … Continued

“It should bother the president. Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he is a Muslim]? You have to ask, why would they believe that? It’s not because they’re stupid. It’s because they watch the kind of things I just described to you. When you have every bishop in the Catholic Church say this administration’s at war with their religion, you don’t think that has an impact?”

Newt Gingrich, March 23, 2012, on many Americans’ ongoing –and false– perception that President Obama is a Muslim.

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Jessica Kourkounis


CAMP HILL, PA – MARCH 24: Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference March 24, 2012 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Republican primary elections are being held today in Louisiana. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

  • 1stRuleAboutBush=YouDon’tTalkAboutBush

    I disagree with Newtie.

    At this point, if you still believe that Barack Obama is Muslim, it is indeed because you are stupid. There are many valid reasons a person may have for disliking Obama… resorting to make-believe is not necessary.

  • persiflage

    Newt Gingrich? A more flawed, discredited and self-serving individual simply can’t be found in the current political sphere. You’d think his shameful expulsion from congress would have been sufficient to keep Gingrich on the sidelines for good – the man is all ego and no substance.

    The fact that Obama has chosen to contend with the Catholic Church hierarchy (oligarchy) and their minions, over issues of secular law is much to his credit – but the ever-hyperbolic, opportunistic Newt sees this as ‘pro-Muslim’ somehow.

    Does this have to do with Newt’s ‘conversion’ to Catholicism, or just another dose of the usual anti-Obama political garbage? Do Catholics actually see Newt as a defender of the faith?

    Not so much……his Protestant evangelical brethren are more likely to see a kindred spirit here, being the willing dupes of anyone prone to conflating religion with politics in the public arena. Catholic Rick Santorum is from the same school of political stragegy. Politics makes for strange bedfellows.

    Yes, Newt, anyone who characterizes Obama as ‘pro-Muslim’ is stupid, or up to political no-good ……. and that would be you.

  • tony55398

    Requiring the Church to abide by secular law when operating a business, no matter how good and necessary the business may be, is not being anti religious. No one is forcing the Church to operate such businesses and they are free to end any involvement at any time they so choose. It’s up to Congress to change the laws that offend, not the President.

  • mcundyf

    Obama, during his first trip to Egypt, told the Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit that he (Obama) was a Muslim. This has been widely reported in Europe, Israel, and the middle East.
    Only American Liberal News media does not report the truth on Obama. The rest of the world knows who he is. ( AKA; Barry Soetoro, the Indonesian boy, raised and sent to College by Bill Ayres, the Communist University of Illinios Professor.

  • DavidJ9


    Why make such absurd claims when you cannot back them up with evidence?

    Anyway, this quote shows us that Newt and the bishops have proven that they are out of step with Vatican II and out of touch with Catholic laity.

  • akorage

    The ONLY way for GOP losers to return to RELEVANCE is by SPINNING RELIGIOUS BULL. Santorum or Gengrich, Hey pay attention… The person to BEAT is Mitt Romney. It is a very irresponsible lack of focus or understanding to pretend that rambling about washington will derail Romney. Heck NO,,, he has the head wind and you are losing badly. Get in front of Romney or get out. Rambling about stale and weak stuff is insulting to America voters. Get serious if you want to be relevant even though losing.

  • mcundyf

    Liberals always have the same denial, and they refuse to accept the truth, and they refuse to learn anything that they do not want to believe.
    Stay in your hole, cover your eyes, and let the lie that is Barack Hussein Obama continue until it destroys America.

  • persiflage

    Accusing a sitting president of being a communist should probably be considered seditious, not to say slanderous – but of course, the religious rightwing has the perfectly good excuse ….. delusional by way of a mental defect. I suppose that is protected by the 1st ammendment.

    Still, such extraordinary hyperbole does nothing in terms of validating legitimate complaints from a reasonable point of view.

    It’s the same fallacious garbage that Gingrich has been offering by way of innuendo and the usual republican anti-Obama political spin……we’ve seen/heard the same thing from active members of congress. We’d expect nothing less from a failed former speaker of the house.

  • persiflage

    Scott, as you can see, you are indeed beholden to the Catholic Church in more ways than you can imagine. Here they are, giving you phony ammunition for your war on secular government.

    And before that, they actually gave you Jesus of Nazareth and the New Testament – what more do you want from a beloved benefactor??

  • dolcome1

    Would it matter if he was an atheist?

  • Watcher1

    President Obma started it? Haha, that’s rich.

  • Watcher1

    That they are non-profit in no way negates their “business” status.