Newt Gingrich is not my favorite American, but he packs a lot of meaning into a few words when he talks about “the growth of a government-favored pagan culture to replace Christianity.” (seen here)
For my mostly notional readers from the secular far-left, it’s not that I dislike Gingrich because he is a sinner. It’s simple ignorance that leads people to think, “Ha! He broke one, two, three! of the Ten Commandments; he even admitted it on video. The Christians will have to condemn him now.” Would not any man take the trouble to inform himself on the most basic elements of Christianity? Maybe if there were a book…
Others, more seriously, object that Gingrich is a pharisee and a hypocrite. Those charges carry more weight, because everyone knows pharisees and hypocrites are wicked. Jesus speaks against them – it’s in the Bible, how wicked those pharisees are to condemn others.
It does, however, add a positive note to contemporary politics that there are so many intelligent liberals who feel themselves able to condemn Gingrich for his hypocrisy. You’d think those wise and good men would have simply elected enough Democrats to control the presidency, congress, and the senate; then the nation wouldn’t be in such a fix. Probably while the sinless liberals were putting the rich man’s money in the poor box and thanking God they had been blessed with virtue, the wicked pharisaical Republicans stole their votes. It just goes to show how much damage those hypocritical pharisees do, going around condemning others.
Still, the reason Newt Gingrich isn’t my favorite American is not because he’s a sinner or a hypocrite, but because he’s a politician; and I’m glad I’m not like those politicians.