Newt Gingrich says that gay marriage exemplifies “the rise of paganism,” “perfectly natural pagan behaviors,” and “a fundamental violation of our civilization.” The comments were made Wednesday while the former Speaker was on a conference call with religious right extremists, including Don Wildmon, the founder of the American Family Association, an SPLC-certified hate group.
“It’s pretty simple: marriage is between a man and a woman,” Gingrich told the group. “This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it’s a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.”
Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch, which published the audio and transcripts, notes:
The call was hosted by Jim Garlow and featured several other of the Gingrich campaign’s Faith Coalition leaders explaining why they had decided to support Gingrich … and the consensus was that if President Obama wins re-election, it means the end of Western Civilization.
Garlow and Wildmon both explained why an Obama re-election win would mean the end of the world:
Jim Garlow: At the risk of sounding melodramatic, the United States as we know her will cease to exist as will, then, Western Civilization. Those who are discerning, those who are intuitive to what is happening morally and economically in our nation understand the truth.
Don Wildmon: This is not a typical election. This is an election unlike any ever held in our country. We’re not just voting for a president; we’re voting for the continuation of Western Civilization. If those who are listening think that what we enjoy, the freedoms we enjoy, the right to practice our Christan faith, is merely an accident and is there, it’s not, people paid for it. And we can lose it, and we will lose it, if we lose this next election. What’s at stake is everything that the human race, Western Civilization, has fought for for the last two thousand years.
Yes, these are the people who want to run America.
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