Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gingrich: Obama more sympathetic to Islamists than Catholics

On Fox News, Newt Gingrich says he accepts Barack Obama's claim that he's a Christian, but dubs the Obama Administration a "very strange presidency" -- one that kowtows to Muslim interests more than Christian ones.

"Let's accept he's a Christian in his own light. He went to a Christian church for over 20 years.

Why is it he's more sensitive to radical Islamists who are killing young Americans than he is to the Catholic church, to Baptists, to fundamentalists, to people who are pro-abortion -- I mean, who are pro -- who are pro-life?"

It's an explosive charge. In essence, Newt is claiming that Obama talks the talk of a Christian, but walks a walk that's more Muslim, or at least one that caters to Muslim interests.

He goes on.

"This is a very strange presidency. And he carries this out in other ways. Why does he want to pump oil in Saudi Arabia, which he called for last week, and he's against pumping oil in Louisiana?

You have to wonder, why does he want the jobs in Saudi Arabia and not the jobs in Louisiana? I just think it's a strange presidency. And you don't have to attack his -- whatever his personal religious beliefs are to attack his behavior."



The comments were provoked by a National Journal story that noted Newt failed to correct a voter's suggestion that Obama was a Muslim.

Newt called the story "stupid" and "baloney."

Here's the full exchange.

VAN SUSTEREN: OK, headline tonight -- I was looking through, as I got ready for tonight's interview, National Journal says -- an actually pretty big headline says, Gingrich ignores Obama Muslim comment.

You were asked a question today by a Louisiana voter about President Obama, and the person said that -- you know, said -- made some crack about President Obama being a Muslim. Number one is, I take it you don't think that President Obama's a Muslim. And number two, why didn't you correct him?

GINGRICH: You know, that is such total baloney. I was asked by a reporter immediately afterwards. I said of course I accept that he's a Christian. The guy didn't ask me a question. The guy got up and stated his opinion. I don't have an obligation to go around and correct every single voter about every single topic. I also didn't agree with him.

For National Journal to turn that into some big deal is just stupid on their part. The fact is, let's accept that he's a Christian. He's a Christian who's policies are to apologize to Muslim extremists while they're killing Americans at the same time that he's waging war against the Catholic church and against every right-to-life institution in this country.

I just went today to Louisiana College, which is a Baptist college, which is very right-to-life. The president said publicly they will close the university before they will give in to "Obama care" because they're not going to provide abortifications (sic) to their students or their employees.

Now, you tell me. Let's accept he's a Christian in his own light. He went to a Christian church for over 20 years. Why is it he's more sensitive to radical Islamists who are killing young Americans than he is to the Catholic church, to Baptists, to fundamentalists, to people who are pro-abortion -- I mean, who are pro -- who are pro-life?

I mean, the fact is, this is a very strange presidency. And he carries this out in other ways. Why does he want to pump oil in Saudi Arabia, which he called for last week, and he's against pumping oil in Louisiana?

You have to wonder, why does he want the jobs in Saudi Arabia and not the jobs in Louisiana? I just think it's a strange presidency. And you don't have to attack his -- whatever his personal religious beliefs are to attack his behavior.