So Newt Gingrich thinks that we — the United States of America, champion of religious freedom — should reduce ourselves to the level of Saudi Arabia. The former speaker of the House believes that the American people must abandon the standards of freedom championed by Thomas Jefferson and our other Founding Fathers — “American elites,” he would sneeringly call them — to instead mirror the intolerance of Wahhabi extremists on the Arabian peninsula.
“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia,” Gingrich writes in a new blog post. “The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.”
So let’s toss the First Amendment overboard, huh Newt? To defeat Islamic extremists, we must become like Islamic extremists, because apparently their way leads to strength and ours to weakness. With arguments such as this, Gingrich betrays