CNN reported on a Fox News interview that Gingrich is accusing Obama and his administration of being secularist, and anti-religious.
Gingrich feels the appointment by Obama of Harry Knox backs up his claim when Gingrich said:
"I think their goal is to have a very secular America in which government dominates everything," he said. "Why wouldn't you put an anti-religious, left-wing zealot on a faith-based group? It's a perfect pattern for this administration." By the way,Harry Knox is a former Methodist preacher.
When Gingrich was talking to Greta Van Susteren he summed his views on Obama and secularism by saying:
"I believe this administration is intensely secular, is very anti-religious. I believe their tax policy's waging war against both charities and churches and synagogues. I think their goal is to have a very secular America in which government dominates everything. Why wouldn't you put an anti-religious, left-wing zealot on a faith-based group? It's a perfect pattern for this administration."
Earlier in the month,Matt Bai of the NYT, gave his opinion on conservatives which seems to be expected from a liberal perspective: "This intramural disagreement raises basic questions from Republicans about what kind of party they actually want to be in the 21st century. Is the Republican future going to continue to rely on country-club denizens and the rural bloc, or should it aim more for working-class Catholics or recent immigrants? Can a party trying to expand its coalition afford to make fundamentalist religious values a core tenet of its ideology? Or to assault the very idea of government?"
Obama does have an uncanny ability to cause divisiveness such as having a faith based initiative programs to begin with, and then inviting those who would cause an outcry (from either side of politics). Reminds me of all the turmoil Obama caused during his Inauguration activities with Rick Warren. Meanwhile, secularism, takes some giant strides with Obama.
First off, let's remember this is a Washington-Post ABC News poll conducted by telephone. The summary of the poll reported by The Washington Post finds that the majority of Americans want better relations with Muslims.
The poll when closely examined reveals division along party lines and age as well.
The conclusion of the poll and the headline of "most Americans wish" strikes me as misleading. There aren't too many Americans who wish worse relations with anyone. To imply that America is embracing the Muslim world is not correct, but it is true according to the poll that "non-religious" people are sympathetic to the Arab and other Muslim states.
Still, 48% of Americans have a negative view of Muslims, still viewing many of their leaders in the religious sect as anti-Christian. Who needs a poll for that? This number of 48% is also the highest number reported since 2001.
The poll also points out that those having a negative view of the Muslim world also claim not to have a deep well of understanding when it came to the Muslim religion. Perhaps those people were only being truthful.
The poll also shows that the majority of Republicans expect Obama to "over-reach" in his offers of friendship to the Muslim states,beginning with Obama's current trip to Turkey.
As it seems with all polls conducted from a liberal base, those with more formal education viewed Islam as being a "peaceful" religion. To begin with, isn't that an oxymoron to even imply there is an opposite? Let's face it, education in the U.S. does promote more liberal views, and any view or stance that conflicts with a liberal "take" on issues puts all conservatives (according to liberals) in an uneducated,ignorant, and mostly rural segment....read article at Post
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outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens,
nature and the Divine. Because only then does one feel that all is as it
should be and that the Divine wishes to see people happy, amidst the
simple beauty of nature."
Edna St. Vincent Millay
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!