Newt Gingrich's Views On Gay Marriage: My Reaction

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Here's what Newt Gingrich has to say about gay marriage:


"It's pretty simple: Marriage is between a man and a woman.

"This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it's a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism.

"The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization."


Now, first of all, Newt, the Bible may be your religious book of choice, but it's not mine. Why should your chosen book of fairy tales affect my right to a fair shake in our society?

Secondly, if marriage is such a sacred sacrament, why did you routinely make a cocky-doody all over it? Why did you break vows, cheat on wives, ask them to have open marriages (after you've already been having one for a while), and then trade them in for another wife?

Is marriage so wonderfully holy and blessed that you're going to keep doing it until you get it right?

And how dare you call me a pagan when you're the one who several times has shown no respect for a promise, a relationship, or a ritual that, according to you, has been sanctified from a gay-hating mystery figure on high?

(I hope Callista's watching her back, by the way.)

And when an ex-wife of yours speaks out about your mixed messages, why is she the one who's tawdry and inappropriate? Isn't she just pointing out your tawdriness? Aren't you the pagan, oh finger-pointing blowhard (though there's nothing "perfectly natural" about the way you've violated the standards of civilization with your wandering genitals on a semi-regular basis)?

And when the media asks you about these hypocrisies, why are they the irresponsible, rude parties? They have every right to call you on the way you want to keep people down with a holier-than-thou attitude that is fully unearned because of your proven disrespect for the rite you so desperately claim to protect.

Hello, pagan pot!

Oh, wait a minute! Stop everything, people!

Newt says he's apologized to God for his transgressions and he won't do them again, so all's fine, OK?

I am so happy hypocrisy and bad behavior can vanish with a mere "Sorry, big fella" every few years.

But oopsie!

Unfortunately, God doesn't take blocked calls.



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Sean Bulmer
Sean Bulmer

You better work, Michael!!!!! ;O) I have a friend in Cali that was seriously considering distributing a petition disallowing hetero divorce. Ironically, that has been how the Catholic Church has seen it for decades. The bottom line is that "I, of Newt" is on a book tour, but in reverse. But its important to know one thing about these Bible Quotes of Convenience. If Jesus Christ Himself came down to Earth in a ball of "Fire and Music" to announce His Father supports same-sex marriage, and unequivocally denounces guns in America and Capitol Punishment, He would be shot between the eyes for being "gay." That said, we are minutes away from Washington State becoming the next state to allow same-sex marriage. Their Senate narrowly passed it,now a smoother ride to the Gov. desk. Ironically, her faith kept her on the fence, but after some reflection, she made the correct decision historically. Ah, Seattle- the Emerald City of the West. (and home of Starbuck*s and their new pro-gay paper-cups- "Just sayin')

Angie
Angie

I'm adding my approval of the comments defending pagans.  I know Newt is a hypocritical blowhard, but to put down another minority group in defending your own is so inappropriate. Especially a group that has been so supportive of your agenda. "Hello hypocritical pot!"

Anne Price
Anne Price

Wow! That's some lovely lack of tolerance for the Pagan community. I guess we all have our biases and intolerance. If you want someone to have your back, especially a group that has been stridently steadfast in defending your orientation, you'd best strongly reconsider your behavior that pretty much mimics Newton's. Highly disappointing. BTW,Newt is an idiot and asshole, I expect that, so don't take this as pro-Newt in ANY way.

DoctorMomo
DoctorMomo

"And how dare you call me a pagan when you're the one who several times has shown no respect for a promise, a relationship, or a ritual that, according to you, has been sanctified..."

What is THAT supposed to mean, that pagans routinely show no respect for promises, relationships, or sanctified rituals?  Or that "pagan" somehow should be taken as an insult?  Very poor wording; while I agree that Newt is indeed a slimy, little, crawling creature, I do NOT agree that pagans should in any way be compared to his behavior.  All the pagans I know are WONDERFUL people, whether gay, lesbian or straight. They are accepting of others, open, giving, and forgiving!  They are independent thinkers, intelligent, and brutally honest, and they keep their word because it is THEIR WORD, their promise...not because they fear reprisal from an angry god, or expect a reward in a 'heavenly amusement park' for all eternity.  They did not become that way because someone TOLD them to be, but because they FOUND that way be right according to their conscience.  To me, those are marks of character & morals. So if that's what you mean by calling someone a pagan, it's a shame EVERYBODY'S not a pagan! 

Kristin Brayman
Kristin Brayman

...If modern Pagans believe in tolerance and thinking and believing for oneself, then why is the author of this post so insulted to be called a Pagan?

The fuck is so horrible about Pagans?

H R
H R

I totally get what you're going for here, and I LOVE when folks point out that Newter is a giant, steaming pile of hypocrisy, but I gotta add my pagan voice to the, "Dang it, stop making us the bad guys" chorus.  Sigh.

Cassandra Ciardi
Cassandra Ciardi

It's funny how the pagan community reacted to this by condemning Gingrich's statements while showing respect for equality.  I didn't read a single "how dare you call us supporters of marriage equality."  It's a shame you couldn't have done the same.  Guess ignorance isn't limited to Gingrich and his ilk.  

MrsBs Confessions
MrsBs Confessions

Ummmm, as a Pagan, I find your comments on them almost as obnoxious as Newt's.  I've been in a monogamous, happy marriage for almost 18 years.  When I reviewed Newt's statement of comparing gay marriage to Paganism, I stated "I'll take that as a compliment".  Too bad your ignorance of a minority religion did not allow you to take it the same way.

Holland Reader
Holland Reader

Beautifully said, Mr Musto. I wish John King had been so quick and eloquent.  Now that Newt is Catholic, he really can't divorce any more, can he?  What a sack of BS that man is!

TRUTH101
TRUTH101

My dear grandmother always said beware of the man who is constantly quoting and repeating passages from the scripture for his own purposes. For even the fallen angle Lucifer is the best at quoting the scripture for his own means. So what is a mans selfserving motivations? More evil has been commited in the name of Christ or in the name of one relgions god or another. And look at all the distress, sorrow, pain, poverty, suffering, and wretchedness that has been embellished apon our fellow man in god's name. who do these "Narcissistical devoutly delusional pious religious Christ killers." Think that they are to be force-feeding others thier specified rendition of what song and dance is the right one or not. They can not even agree on what song and dance is the true tune. In my book Christ was born a Hebrew, lived his whole life a Hebrew, and died a Hebrew! Then the most frightening is a religion of holy murder that some how redeems one of his so called sins by an act of murder. Well there never was a word for sin in the true Hebrew language! Only the false statement and bastardizations of the Roman Catholicism and thier church. Which Newt Gingrich is a part of! I wander how many Hail Marias and Our Fathers bought Newt's redemptions? And this is one of the GOP's best to offer WE THE PEOPLE! This clown will say what ever it takes for to get the hatemongers to vote for him.  I say fly him to the moon and leave him there. He can live off of eating all that cheese that the moon is made out of. But he's so cheesy he can feed of himself for a hell of a while. my gay brothers and sisters be the not delusional by the false beliers. For thier's is a most appropiate place in hell, for thier misleading God's children.

Marco Pons
Marco Pons

read ur own comments, Mike. Marriage is only for those involved in the religious institutions  that have existed for millenniums. Just take civil unions n STFU. 

Gay Movie Fan
Gay Movie Fan

I know some Pagans and they're perfectly fine people.

If there were a few Pagans running for President, I'd feel much better.

Nun Yerbeezwax
Nun Yerbeezwax

Newtie seems to forget, it isn't just between a man and a woman, it's between a man and several women, a rapist and his victim, however many brides a man can buy and several others marriage types mentioned in his book of Fables.

rolph
rolph

Musto, Larry Kramer wholly approved this in a comment. That is MAJOR!!!

Melinda9
Melinda9

Anyone who uses the Bible as an historical text (and he claims to be a historian), sex manual or design for living is an idiot. He may not actually believe any of this - he's pandering to the morons who would actually vote for him.

Kathleen Warnock
Kathleen Warnock

Callista better watch her back. She's approaching her "sell by" date.

Andy Humm
Andy Humm

The idea that ANYONE would consider voting for Gingrich shows that there is a big anybody-but-Obama vote out there and that's pretty scary.

billyjoe
billyjoe

Two Republican Party hallmarks: scaring people and playing the "victim" card.

The context of Newt's remarks was conference call for Religious Right supporters, seeking to mobilize them ahead of the Republican primary in Florida. Hosted by Jim Garlow, it featured several other of the Gingrich campaign's Faith Coalition leaders explaining why they had decided to support Gingrich ... and the consensus was that if President Obama wins re-election, it means the end of Western Civilization."I want people to understand, I'm a volunteer. Callista and I had very long talks for over a year and then we talked with our two daughters and our two son-in-laws because we knew if we tried to offer help the country that we would be subjected to news media assaults, we'd be subjected to vicious gossip, we'd be subjected to people on the web saying horrible things and we'd be subjected to negative ads from our opponents. And we concluded that we are in so much trouble and we are in such grave danger of losing the America that we grew up in and the lack of Republican ability to articulate and communicate and defend is so great that both of us - this was a dual decision - we both concluded that we had a moral obligation to endure whatever comes and to at least offer, as citizens, to try and be of service."

Movielover
Movielover

Mikey, I have nothing to add!  You said it all perfectly.  You were polite not to say specifically that Newt is a gross pig of a slimey fuck.

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

There's the wisp of the highly repressed homosexual in NLG.  The hectoring over the years really says everything one need know about Newt himself.

Timmee
Timmee

What I don't understand is why nobody points out that one can use the Bible to make an equal case for polygamy. King Solomon had 700 wives. Which I guess means Newt IS doing the Lawd's work after all.

Echidna
Echidna

He's proven again and again that he doesn't have the character for the big job. Sorry, Newt!! Go back to Calista--or whoever you're fucking right now. 

Ick
Ick

LOL!!!!

Steffi
Steffi

Very convenient that you leave out that he said "they are a fundamental violation of our civilization" and he's vehemently against them.

Verga
Verga

Shut up, you moron. Do you listen to any other parts of the bible? No, just the ones that supposedly dictate that gays can't get married. 

And guess what, I happen to live in New York, where we can get married. So I don't have to "just take civil unions n STFU". And you'll have to get used to it spreading to more and more states, where equal rights can't be dictated by hypocritical bullshit.

Brad's Boyfriend
Brad's Boyfriend

That's like finding out Roy Cohn was gay.  ICK ICK ICK   !

Sean Bulmer
Sean Bulmer

He wants the ultimate prize all right of right-wingers want- To"F*ck" America. 

MrsBs Confessions
MrsBs Confessions

Yes, he's against both Pagans and the LGBT community.  Exactly what is your point?  

Cassandra Ciardi
Cassandra Ciardi

so you think she was defending newt?  what the  . ..  

Feduciary
Feduciary

I know!! I love this idiot saying marriage is just for blah blah when we DO have gay marriage already in states like NY. He probably wishes blacks were still slaves.

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