According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, atheism presents a greater threat to Christians than terrorists, saying "radical secularists" are purveyors of "radical values".
Gingrich made the comments on Saturday at an event for the Ave Maria School of Law.
“The rise of a secular, atheist philosophy” in the West is “an equally or even more dangerous threat” to Christianity than terrorist organizations that will kill Christians if “they don’t submit,” Gingrich said.
He said religious institutions such as the Ave Maria School of Law in North Naples can serve as “centers of resistance” to those “two horrendous wars underway against Christianity.”
The secular philosophy dominates universities and is embraced by newspaper editors and Hollywood, Gingrich said. It represents “a repudiation of everything we’ve learned about the importance of the spiritual world,” he said.
Gingrich perceives the struggle between believers and non-believers as a spiritual battle and suggests that only one side can win:
“Either the radical secularists will succeed in controlling the government and driving religion out of American life or the people who believe in faith will succeed in controlling government and insist that you cannot impose radical values on American people.”
He expressed optimism that the religious side could prevail.
“We’re not going to give up on America,” Gingrich said. “We’re not going to give up on God.”
But Gingrich discussing non-Christian ideals as negative for the country is interesting, considering he does not embody Christian ideals himself.
Not only did Gingrich cheat on his first two wives, he also lied about the circumstances of at least one divorce when it was politically convenient.
According to CNN, during his 2012 bid for president Gingrich insisted that his first wife initiated their divorce, but records showed it was he who filed for the divorce. Further, records showed that Jackie Gingrich did not want the divorce and was surprised by his decision.
At the time, Gingrich was having an affair with a 28-year-old staffer who would become his second wife six months after his first divorce.
"When asked, Gingrich has admitted he has not led a perfect life and has at times had to go to God for forgiveness," Hammond said. "Over 30 years later, the family has long put these matters behind them."
The former House Speaker also admitted to cheating on his second wife with Callista Gingrich, who became his third wife not long after that divorce.
Here is the laundry list of Gingrich's marriages:
Wife 1. At the time of his first divorce, Gingrich said to a friend about his first wife, “'You know and I know that she's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a president.” (Gingrich wanted to be President). (CNN Politics / Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce)
Wife 2: “When Gingrich filed for divorce, he was already seeing a 28-year-old congressional aide, whom he married six months after his divorce was final in 1981.” (CNN Politics / Newly recovered court files cast doubt onGingrich version of first divorce)
Wife 3: “Gingrich divorced Marianne Gingrich 19 years later, after an affair with a younger congressional aide whom he married soon after his divorce. The third wife, Callista Bisek Gingrich.” (CNN Politics / Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce)
He who is without sin should cast the first stone, and all that.