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Newt Gingrich Blasts 'Lynch Mob' Attacks On Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Bills: VIDEO

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Newt Gingrich has told Huffington Post that opposition to "right to discriminate" bills in Indiana and Arkansas is an example of a liberal "lynch mob" mentality that seeks to “destroy religious liberty.”

The former Speaker of the House said that Indiana Governor Mike Pence's promise to fix his state's anti-gay law and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy's ban on state-funded travel to Indiana are misguided responses to "selective outrage.”

Gingrich, who believes that religious rights are being "outlawed" by gay rights activists, said:

“The fact is, for example, the governor of Connecticut announced he wouldn't send people to Indiana. Well, Connecticut has exactly the same law. They adopted it 20 years ago. The head of Apple announces that he's deeply disappointed. Apple sells cell phones in Saudi Arabia, where being homosexual is a death penalty. The level of selective outrage, the opportunity to pick a fight -- the news media couldn't help themselves.”

When challenged that it's possible to uphold traditional values without being discriminatory, the thrice-married Gingrich disagreed saying:

"Go down the list of what religions really believe, and then look at how many things are now politically incorrect. You read certain passages from the Bible, and you're going to be attacked on some university campuses because you violate their politically-correct code."

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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]?”

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[via Media Matters]

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Newt Gingrich is 'Really Puzzled' About What a Smartphone Is: VIDEO

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Newt Gingrich does not appear to know what a 'smartphone' is.

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"Hi, we're people who are regularly perplexed by things which have been commonplace for years. We're today's GOP," writes one YouTube commenter.

(via gawker)

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Newt Gingrich Says Religious Rights are Being 'Outlawed' by the Gay Movement: VIDEO

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On a segment on gay rights on Meet the Press today, Newt Gingrich complained about Catholic adoption agencies being "outlawed" in some states where marriage equality laws take effect. MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid pointed out that it was the Church's decision to withdraw its services.

GINGRICH: "What I'm struck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights. There are no rights for Catholics to have adoption services in Massachusetts. They're outlawed. There are no rights in DC for Catholics to have adoption service. They're outlawed. This passing reference to religion, we sort of respect religion, sure, as long as you don't practice it. I mean I think it would be good to have a debate over, you know, beyond this question of, 'Are you able to be gay in America?' what does it mean? Does it mean that you have to actually affirmatively eliminate any institution which does not automatically accept that, and therefore, you're now going to have a secular state say to a wide range of religious groups, Catholics, Protestants, orthodox Jews, Mormons, frankly, Muslims, 'You cannot practice your religion the way you believe it, and we will outlaw your institutions.' ... Let's just start with adoption services. It's impossible for the Catholic Church to have an adoption service in Massachusetts that follows Catholic doctrine.

JOY-ANN REID: But didn't the Catholic Church, particularly Catholic Charities in Boston, they affirmatively decided to withdraw adoption services. No one said they are not allowed to provide adoption services.

GINGRICH: No, they withdrew them because they were told, "You could not follow Catholic doctrine," which is for marriage between a man and a woman.

REID: I think the point is, is that you don't have the state attempting to tell religions what to believe. People, if they oppose the idea of gay marriage within their religion, have the absolute right to do so. The question is whether or not religious institutions can make public policy, whether they can enter the public policy--

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Gingrich Wants GOP To Understand 'Human Side' Of Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Say what you will about failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, but the former Republican House Speaker is poised, either by design or by circumstance, to become one of his party's loudest voices on marriage equality. And that's a good thing.

A few weeks ago Gingrich said he's come to see the "reality" of our changing culture, and last night Gingrich told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that he hopes the GOP will come to understand the "human side" of same-sex love.

An excerpt, via JMG:

I think this is a very complicated human problem and Republicans need to take a deep breath and understand we need to deal with the human side of this equation — and understand that we want to defend marriage in its classic form between a man and a woman. I don’t accept that there’s an alternative. The government can declare that a Ford truck is Air Force One. That doesn’t mean it can fly. It’s not that I want to change my belief. I think that in fact it’s a big mistake to be confused about this issue.

But I think it’s also a legal reality that now people are being allowed to create legal status over here.

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Former Navy Chaplain Says Newt Gingrich's Acceptance of Gay Marriage is Result of Possession by a 'Demonic Voice': VIDEO

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Former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who says Newt Gingrich reached out to him for advice during the 2012 election, laments the fact that Newt has accepted the reality of same-sex marriage (see here) and claims that he is under the influence of a "demonic voice" that is whispering in his ear.

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