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January 18, 2012

Newt Gingrich: I'd Support A Muslim Running For President Only If They'd Commit To 'Give Up Sharia'

Newt Gingrich: I'd Support A Muslim Running For President Only If They'd Commit To 'Give Up Sharia'

Newt Gingrich told a South Carolina town hall audience on Tuesday that he would be open to seeing a Muslim-American run for president, as long as the candidate denounced Sharia law and didn't seek to impose his or her views on others.

At a town hall meeting in West Columbia, S.C., a man asked Gingrich if he would ever "support a Muslim-American running for president."

"Would you endorse...a Muslim-American, [who] could possibly be running for president, given that we had a woman running for president in Hillary Clinton, and we had a Jewish-American, in Joe Lieberman, running for vice president?" he asked.

"A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat," Gingrich replied. "A person who belonged to any kind of belief in Sharia, any kind of effort to impose that on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat."

In the past, Gingrich has repeatedly decried Sharia, a legal code derived from Islam, and called for a federal law to pre-emptively bar its use in any U.S. courts. He didn't soften his position on Tuesday, saying his support would be contingent on a candidate's willingness to denounce Sharia.

"I think it would depend entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Sharia," he said, referencing his support for the bill and drawing cheers from listeners at the event. "If they're a modern person integrated into the modern world, and they're prepared to recognize all religions, that's one thing. On the other hand, if they're the Saudis, who demand that we respect them while they refuse to allow either a Jew or a Christian to worship in Saudi Arabia, that's something different."


Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity tonight that she would vote for Newt in South Carolina


Wild Thing's comment......

God help us!! Newt is INSANE!

"A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat,"

Someone who just happened to worship ALLAH???? Good grief Newt!

We already have a Muslim President and look how he is !!!

And Sarah Palin...So much for all the yakking by Sarah in the past about wanting a conservative. LOL what a phony she is.
Rick Perry is the ONLY conservative…fiscal and social conservative.

Shame on you Sarah.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 18, 2012 02:55 AM


If we think about it; what has Palin done? She abandoned the people of Alaska by resigning and has made tons of money traveling the country, giving her opinion. Other than that, what has she done?

Posted by: BobF at January 18, 2012 07:24 AM

It's a well known fact that Islam allows Muslims to lie and deceive to further the goals of Islam. No way could one reasonably believe they were telling the truth or could be trusted.

Posted by: Bob A. at January 18, 2012 09:11 AM

I'm getting more and more discouraged by the Republican Party notables. The only comfort I can take is in my freedom to vote. Even that may be endangered if obama wins a second term.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at January 18, 2012 03:00 PM

Sour Grapes, BobF.?

Her resignation from the Governor position, was caused by the large number of nitpicking, mostly bogus legal issues. Most of which were brought on to do nothing but harrass her and force her to take time away from legislating. She opted for the good of the State Government, and it's ability to maintain without the distraction.

You ask the question, what has she done?

Do you really think that there would be as large a conservative movement going on, or that the Tea Party movement would have had any influence, were it not for her appearing on the scene?

Do you think that were it not for her the established leadership in the Republican Party would give a rip about what the Conservative wing of the Party thinks?

In essence were it not for Sarah Palin we might not be having this conversation.

Posted by: Sean at January 19, 2012 09:48 AM

BobF and Sean. I'm between you guys. I love Sarah Palin. She was a very important cog in the Tea Party movement. Without having personal knowledge of any other reason, I accept her reason for giving up the governorship. I believe that in the long run that decision hurt her badly in the political arena and may be the reason she did not enter this GOP primary.

What I did not care for about Sarah is her entrance into the reality TV world. That made her a celebrity which is a world of phoneyness. Her daughter's missteps also hurt Sarah badly. Finally, her teasing us about whether she would or would not enter the GOP presidential primary is also a lick against her.

I really hope Sarah Palin gets a high position in our govt. She would make a good cabinet member if a Repub takes the White House. I would also like to see her bring the Tea Party plank to the horrible GOP/RNC establishment. That establishment needs reforming badly and I believe Sarah Palin could knock some sense into their elitist, moderate, globalist asses.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at January 19, 2012 11:46 AM