You gotta give Gingrich credit for guts.
He also must have lost any support he might have had from supposed tax guru Grover Norquist,* a defender of the Ground Zero mosque and leading Republican helping shady Republicans get elected in Virginia. In this Fox News report we learn that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has come out swinging against Gingrich. (Hat tip: Cathy)
Sadly, Gingrich, who is backed by Sarah Palin in the South Carolina race, may soon be out of the race as rumor has it that ABC is about to launch a hit piece against him from one of his former wives.
The largest Muslim civil liberties group in the United States on Wednesday condemned Newt Gingrich for saying he would only hire Muslims to his administration if they renounced the use of Islam’s Shariah law as a tool for U.S. government.
Calling Gingrich “one of the nation’s worst promoters of anti-Muslim bigotry,” the Council of American Islamic Relations suggested the Republican presidential candidate is a segregationist.
CAIR said the release was prompted by the candidate’s remarks Tuesday in Columbia when, asked if he would ever endorse a Muslim running for president.
“It would depend entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Shariah,” Gingrich said.
“If they are a modern person integrated in the modern world and they are prepared to recognize all religions, that’s one thing. On the other hand, if they’re Saudis, who demand that we respect them while they refuse to allow Christians to worship in Saudi Arabia, that’s something different,” he continued.
Gingrich: Ground Zero mosque a “deliberate insult” to the American people!
Later in the day during a question and answer session in Aiken, S.C., Gingrich also called the Ground Zero mosque “a deliberate and willful insult to the people of the United States who suffered an attack by people who are motivated by the same thing.”
“I think the time has come for us to have an honest conversation about Islamic radicalism. I don’t think we should be intimidated by our political elites, and I don’t think we should be intimidated by universities who have been accepting money from the Saudis and who, therefore, now have people who are apologists for the very people who want to kill us,” he said.
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* For more on Norquist and Shariah, visit this post (one of the most widely read posts at PTPR) from last winter where Norquist told Soros’ Think Progress that Shariah law is compatible with the US Constitution. Here Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) helps distribute a pro-Ground Zero mosque letter. So why is Shariah law of concern to ATR?