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Newt Gingrich: Gay Marriage is Pagan, a 'Fundamental Violation of Our Civilization'


On a conference call with right-wing religious leaders in Florida including Mat Staver, Jim Garlow, George Barna, and Jim Wildmon (which you can listen to here), Newt Gingrich said same-sex marriage was a hallmark of the "rise of paganism" and a "fundamental violation of our civilization".


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  1. Do any of these morons actually read the bible?

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jan 27, 2012 7:01:17 AM

  2. His existence is a fundamental violation of our civilization.

    Posted by: poorita | Jan 27, 2012 7:07:08 AM

  3. @QJ201

    Got a better question. Do they actually read the bios of their candidates? Newt has made a complete joke out of the whole concept of marriage, yet he dares try to define it for OTHER people?

    Newt needs to stay out of conversations that involve the sanctity of marriage. He has very much disqualified himself.

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 27, 2012 7:08:58 AM

  4. Well, if his three marriages - dumping wives when they became sick and inconvenient - and serial adulteries were Christian, pagan marriage sounds like a good thing.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jan 27, 2012 7:12:01 AM

  5. Gays marrying is a fundamental violation of our civilization, but having an affair then divorcing your first wife while she's recovering from cancer surgery, marrying your mistress, then having a six year affair while married to her, divorcing her right after she's diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and refuses to allow you to have an open marriage, and marrying your new mistress (who, incidentally, is 23 years your junior), is perfectly acceptable.

    What a horrible excuse for a human being.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Jan 27, 2012 7:15:44 AM

  6. I hope and pray that this buffoon wins the Florida primary next Tuesday. Imagine the fur that will fly within the ‘Grand’ Old Party!

    Posted by: JCT | Jan 27, 2012 7:29:01 AM

  7. Most christers think Paganism is "devil worship" (because a TV preacher told them so). This is just another effort to sustain the froth of the religiously ignorant. Nothing new here.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jan 27, 2012 7:37:19 AM

  8. Newt, Mr. Polyamory, is talking about pagan sexual practices?




    What's wrong w/ Pagans? I don't see them trying to hold people in third class citizenship.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 27, 2012 8:08:28 AM

  9. paganism was the rise of civilization

    monotheism was after the biggies of civilization (farming, writing, building, arts, laws, etc) came about

    with evidence of strings of shell necklaces being found dating to over 75,000 years ago....& with monothiesm being only about 3,000 years old....well

    Monotheism is a fad in the history of "civilization" let alone when compared to the millions of years of human evolution

    Posted by: say what | Jan 27, 2012 8:13:43 AM

  10. So, if Calista becomes First Lady, would her nickname be First Home Wrecker or First Adulteress?

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 27, 2012 8:14:27 AM

  11. Her proper form of address, per protocol, would be “Third Lady.”

    Posted by: JCT | Jan 27, 2012 8:25:17 AM

  12. Newt's just pandering to the fundies. Don't worry, after November the gasbag will deflate.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 27, 2012 8:33:59 AM

  13. But cheating on your wife and marrying three times is just OK, right. Jesus was quite clear on this, pal. No divorce. You marry her, you're stuck with her. He didn't say one word about being gay, gay marriage, or gay anything (or sex period, for that matter). You might want to actually read the Bible some time, instead of just thumping it.

    Posted by: CraigC | Jan 27, 2012 9:22:08 AM

  14. I think paganism would be more along the lines of group sex so no one knows the identity of their parents. The entire community is then responsible for raising every child.

    Oh, and GO NEWT!!! If he is somehow able to secure the nomination Obama is a slam dunk for reelection.

    Posted by: Spraypaintedgold | Jan 27, 2012 9:30:51 AM

  15. Part of me finds the hypocrisy here hilarious. But part of me finds it just terrifying -- because there are actual people who buy this bull. Those people are so divorced from reality that they actually believe that Newt is the "family values" candidate. They would vote for him. And those same people vote in other elections, too -- for political office holders at all levels, like judges who will decide on questions of marriage equality and school boards who will ban gay-straight alliances. They are scary, scary people.

    Posted by: kit | Jan 27, 2012 9:37:45 AM

  16. spraypainted

    pagan marriages and relationships were not like that

    Predominantly 1 male to 1 female but many did allow for male male and female female relationships with recgonition of multiple sexes

    male, Female, neuter, hermaphrodites, etc

    heck, the priests of Cybele the great mother goddess that predated greco-roman paganism and ended up folded into greco-roman paganism due to being unable to stamp it out saw men who castrated themselves to serve cybele and born hermaphrodites as her priests. They were held in high regard

    Posted by: say what | Jan 27, 2012 9:39:19 AM

  17. Pagan. Hmm... you mean like Christmas trees?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 27, 2012 9:56:03 AM

  18. That Newt, what a card! The thing is he can get away with his marriage blahblahblah with the Christian conservatives, because as long as he's straight and talks their talk, they don't really care about his collection of wives and personal scandals. Hypocritical megalomaniacs are fine with them. But, during a general election (putting reality aside and assuming he gets that far), with a serial adulterer going up against a man who's been married once, this fake moral high ground will collapse from under piggy's weight.

    On a side note, it's looking like Newt's surge may not last through Florida, since his last debate performance fizzled, and if he doesn't get Florida his puffed up campaign is likely to rapidly deflate. If he manages an unlikely win in Florida, the Republican elites will freak out and do everything they can to pull a Tonya Harding on his fat a$$. Maybe he can relocate on the moon and find some new wives when this is over?

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 27, 2012 10:04:51 AM

  19. @Milkman

    Don't forget Easter, and the Easter Bunny. All Pagan.

    Posted by: Bravo | Jan 27, 2012 10:11:58 AM

  20. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't?

    Posted by: anon | Jan 27, 2012 10:24:33 AM

  21. @Rich F, right on the money.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 27, 2012 10:27:28 AM

  22. I so much wish that he would be the GOP candidate - he's the ultimate poster boy for hypocrisy; which is soooooooo appropriate for the GOP. Unfortunately, the GOP establishment has gone full court press on his ass and looks like we're stuck with Romney.

    Posted by: MikeH | Jan 27, 2012 10:46:09 AM

  23. Yeah, that's us crazy pagans. Trying to help our friends get married and stuff. Clearly we're the worst.

    Oh, and for the record, Newt is not "Mr Polyamory". Newt is mister "Lie to my wife for eight years and when she finds out, say 'well, I like screwing two women, so either shut up about it or take your walking papers". That is not Polyamory. Not by a very, very long shot. Modern poly prizes openness, honesty, and most importantly, CONSENT of all parties involved.

    Posted by: Sonneillon | Jan 27, 2012 10:50:14 AM

  24. For a self-proclaimed intellectual, you'd think he'd know the difference between coincidence, co-relation, and causality.

    Posted by: Sancho | Jan 27, 2012 11:55:22 AM

  25. As Bugs Bunny said, "What a maroon."

    Posted by: Bryan | Jan 27, 2012 12:04:47 PM

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