Newt Gingrich’s First Amendment Hypocrisy

Wasn’t it just the other day that I was writing about the Religious Right warning Christians that the Obama administration was out to destroy their “freedom of religion” by referring to it merely as “freedom of worship”?  

So how do they justify this bigoted rant from Newt Gingrich arguing for the need to limit the religious rights of Muslims in America?

There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.

America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.

No mosque.

No self deception.

No surrender.

The time to take a stand is now – at this site on this issue.

As Steve Benen points out, Gingirch’s suggestion doesn’t even make any sense

So, by Newt Gingrich’s estimation, Saudi Arabian officials are wrong to squelch religious liberty in their country — so we should be equally wrong in ours. Gingrich sees Saudi Arabia discriminating and showing a lack of tolerance for spiritual diversity and, in effect, concludes, “Let’s follow their lead.”

But in addition, how exactly does does Gingrich plan on going about preventing this Mosque from being built considering that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”? 

I thought the Religious Right was willing to lay down their lives to defend religious liberty

And doesn’t limiting free exercise of religion in America directly contradict the mission of Gingrich’s own organization, Renewing American Leadership?

How To Renew American Leadership

So what should Americans who love their country, and believe in its ideals, do to reclaim the vision so ably constructed for us by the founding fathers and every legal immigrant who has come here to achieve the American Dream? Our initial prescription for Renewing American Leadership can be summarized in four points.

1. It is imperative to teach Americans the truth about the greatness of their country.

2. It is imperative to return to limited government by restoring our system of constitutional checks and balances.

3. It is imperative to protect and encourage the free exercise of religion in America.

4. It is imperative to take control of our borders, and reform our immigration system to admit people able to contribute the skills and the values we need for America’s future.