In the last debate, Newt Gingrich said something that again reveals the whiny persecution complex of Christians in the US.
“But I would say, third, one of the reasons I am running is there has been an increasingly aggressive war against religion and in particular against Christianity in this country, largely by…
… largely by a secular elite and the academic news media and judicial areas. And I frankly believe it’s important to have some leadership that stands up and says, enough; we are truly guaranteed the right of religious freedom, not religious suppression by the state.”
“Religious suppression by the state”? Has there been a mass roundup and jailing of Christians that I am not aware of? Have churches been forced to shut down by the government and their believers forced underground?
In the minds of these people, ‘suppression by the state’ means not having exclusive access to the public square, not having their beliefs be the basis of public policy, and not being given immunity from having their beliefs criticized. Basically, they want to eliminate the First Amendment to the constitution.
A lot of people spout the kind of nonsense Gingrich did. What is extraordinary is that a leading candidate for a major public office can do so without being immediately challenged to provide evidence.