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Newt Gingrich Thinks Gays Should be 'Open and Understanding' of Anti-Gay Views: VIDEO

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In a CNN Crossfire discussion about ex-NFL player Derrick Ward’s Twitter meltdown over the Michael Sam kiss, Newt Gingrich said that LGBT folks would do well to heed their own call of a more "open and understanding" world and be tolerant of those who object to their existence.

Said Gingrich:

“You guys talk about how you want to be inclusive, except of course if somebody tweets this, then [there are] death threat or let's send them off to sensitivity training. I mean it strikes me as repression, that’s not inclusive…shouldn’t you also be teaching people who are gay to be open and understanding [of anti-gay views]?”

Watch the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Media Matters]

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  1. I'm going to comment on this as soon as I pick my jaw up off the floor.

    Posted by: Mona | May 13, 2014 1:18:18 PM


  2. Easy answer, serial adulterer Newt: NO. Just NO. Nancy Reagan urged "NO." Just NO.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | May 13, 2014 1:18:35 PM


  3. Said Gingrich:

    “You guys talk about how you want to be inclusive, except of course if somebody tweets this, then [there are] death threat or let's send them off to sensitivity training. I mean it strikes me as repression, that’s not inclusive…shouldn’t you also be teaching people who are black to be open and understanding [of anti-black views]?”

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    Said Gingrich:

    “You guys talk about how you want to be inclusive, except of course if somebody tweets this, then [there are] death threat or let's send them off to sensitivity training. I mean it strikes me as repression, that’s not inclusive…shouldn’t you also be teaching people who are Jews to be open and understanding [of anti-Jewish views]?”
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    See how silly it now sounds, Newt.

    Posted by: jimmy | May 13, 2014 1:21:13 PM


  4. We're not talking about someone expressing a difference of opinion over choice of candidate, or disapproval of, say, a married man cheating on TWO of his wives and (allegedly) serving the first ex-wife divorce papers in her hospital bed after cancer surgery.

    We're talking about people actively working to deprive a sizable minority population of its civil and human rights. Up to and including depriving said citizens of their liberty by criminalizing their very existence.

    No one can approve of that and call himself or herself "American".

    Newt Gingrich is an evil old pseudointellectual troll whose every living breath embodies the word "hypocrisy". And whose continued living existence on this planet is increasingly hard to justify-- or put up with.

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000+ | May 13, 2014 1:24:51 PM


  5. Damn, you beat me to the Jewish parallel.

    If only Jews were more understanding of those Nazis who wanted to exterminate them.

    Posted by: e.c. | May 13, 2014 1:26:24 PM


  6. Why not ask him should this openness be extended to that Sterling guy? The question boils down to whether a society should be open to bigotry, be it racial or anti-gay.

    Posted by: simon | May 13, 2014 1:26:40 PM


  7. Gingrich also believes, but doesn't have the testicles to say, that people should also be tolerant of anti-semitic views, of anti-miscegenationist views, of anti-integration views, of pro-segregation views, and of pro-misogynist views.

    He is so vain and arrogant that he doesn't even realize that when he opens his mouth he undermines the point of view he claims to support. He is so desperate to be heard, desperate to be in the public eye that he doesn't even understand how damaging he is to the conservtive anti-gay minority. He would be well-advised to shut his mouth and fade into obscurity if he truly wants to be of assistance to the anti-gays, but his ego simply won't allow it.

    Posted by: Preach, Newt, Preach! | May 13, 2014 1:30:09 PM


  8. Thank you JIMMY. What you wrote is my basic test of if I'm being too ssensitive in my reactions. If you put racial/ethnic terms in the comment and it still stinks, then NO NEWT, we are not being repressive and overly sensitive.

    Posted by: rjinva | May 13, 2014 1:30:23 PM


  9. Be tolerant of intolerance ? ..............right................

    Posted by: norseman | May 13, 2014 1:34:14 PM


  10. Being tolerant of intolerance just gets us beat up and killed. You teach people how to treat you.

    Posted by: Mike | May 13, 2014 1:34:30 PM


  11. Anit-gay animus is a possibly biblically justifiable but no longer socially acceptable bias, and THAT is what's making the bigots lose their minds. They're totally disoriented in much the same way as other bigots have been disoriented when their particular brand of prejudice became unwelcome in the general society.

    Religion-based animus is not founded on reason or evidence. It's founded on selective and individual interpretation of a book. And it's amazing how often the interpretation of that book reflects precisely the pre-existing opinions of the reader. They are not worthy of equal time or consideration outside the boundaries of one's Sunday school classroom.

    We have absolutely no reason to respect them.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 13, 2014 1:35:04 PM


  12. No, Newt, No. We've been too damn tolerant of oppressing, hateful views for far too long. It's time to end the homophobic BS starting with you and your incredulous position. I suppose in your case (many times married, adultery, gay half-sister), tolerance and understanding does NOT begin at home.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | May 13, 2014 1:41:33 PM


  13. I'm sure Gingrich thinks that only straight, white, Christian men should be allowed to express their opinions and the rest of us should just shut up and listen.

    Posted by: homer | May 13, 2014 1:41:44 PM


  14. OMG: so that's Rick/Jon's day job!

    Posted by: BETTY | May 13, 2014 1:47:34 PM


  15. I'd like for him to invite his lesbian sister, Candace, on to the show so they can have a lively spirited debate.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | May 13, 2014 1:47:41 PM


  16. What a poor excuse for a human being. I guess black people and Asians and Hispanics should be tolerant of the people who hate them too.

    Hate is love. Just like Orwell's 1984. He was only a bit premature with the date.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 13, 2014 1:47:54 PM


  17. Dear Newt:
    As soon as "we guys" have full legal equality and protection under the law, I will agree with you. At that point, your backwards view and opinions are no longer material. But until then, get used to me being intolerant of you. Suck it -

    Posted by: Blake | May 13, 2014 1:47:54 PM


  18. I will be open to antigay slurs, the day
    Newt is open to being insulted.

    Not going to happen.

    Posted by: tim S | May 13, 2014 1:50:03 PM


  19. "Hey, lighten up gays"!!

    Posted by: BETTY | May 13, 2014 1:51:20 PM


  20. Sure, Newt. We should all just be good little faggots. Shut our mouths and let bigots trample all over us. Newty boy, it ain't gonna happen anymore.

    Posted by: john patrick | May 13, 2014 2:10:58 PM


  21. That's like saying black people should be 'OPEN AND UNDERSTANDING' of racists. Dumbf**k.

    Posted by: Learjet | May 13, 2014 2:11:20 PM


  22. Why won't any journalist ask him to explain why he isn't a fornicator, an adulterer, a whoremonger, a seducer, and a pedophile?

    A bearer of false witness, a hypocrite, a moneychanger, a thief, a worshiper of false idols, a follower of a false religion?

    A racist, a bigot, a misogynist, a homophobe, an anti-semite, anti-Mormon, anti-Hispanic and anti-Protestant?

    Posted by: Be Tolerant of My Denunciations | May 13, 2014 2:22:33 PM


  23. Isn't Newt Gingrich inviting everybody to show openness and underständig for some kind of...homocaust?

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | May 13, 2014 2:27:06 PM


  24. I'm an evangelical Christian and I completely agree with The Milkman's comment. To read into the Bible one's prejudices, does an injustice to the Bible and to Christianity itself. As the late Peter J. Gomes wrote in "The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart," when reading the Bible we must consider the text, the subtext, the context, what we bring to the text, and what we take out of the text. Old Testament practices have no relevance to Christians, and there is nothing in the New Testament that justifies anti-LGBT bigotry. Those bigots who use the Bible as a hammer may call themselves "Christians," but they are fooling themselves. They're mere haters!

    Posted by: Jerry Maneker | May 13, 2014 2:30:07 PM


  25. and his beautiful neck wattle? should I be more open and understanding of that mess?

    Posted by: Patrick | May 13, 2014 2:32:37 PM


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