In a new blog post arguing against the planned Muslim community center near Ground Zero, Newt Gingrich explicitly argues that the United States should follow the lead of the oppressive theocracy of Saudi Arabia and reject the so-called Ground Zero mosque.
This is not a distillation or summary of his argument. Gingrich actually favors adopting the discriminatory policies of the Saudis. Read it for yourself (emphasis ours):
There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.
Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for “religious toleration” are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia.
If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom.
i realize this is gingrich we’re talking about, but REALLY? REALLY? where to even start?!?!
1. this is not saudi arabia, this is the united states. we have things like a constitution, and constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion. you’re supposed to be of the party that is all about the constitution and the founding fathers and blah blah blah, remember, gingrich?
2. perhaps you don’t realize this, but not all muslims are saudis. and for those who are, perhaps they came to this country to escape the very same religious repression you are now lauding.
3. if, as some on the right are so fond of claiming, the terrorists hate us for our freedom, then you are really working hard to make sure that won’t be a problem much longer. this country occupies a unique role in the world; it is supposed to be a city on a hill, a light unto the world. but if we want anyone to respect us, we need to lead by example, not by lowering ourselves to play by the standards of a repressive theocratic state.
4. fuck you, newt gingrich.