Some is being made of a quote by Known Muppet Newt Gingrich on The Ted Baxter Show. Here’s what he said.
Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank—for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they’re the opposite, of what you’re taught in Sunday school.
What would you call that? Fabulous Fascism?
It’s so weird. This quote, it is so breathtakingly different from how it actually works, from how America actually works and why America actually works, and it is certainly the exact opposite of the situation with gay people and their right to nuptials.
You see, Newt, it is actually the secular component of our society that GUARDS religious freedom. Without it, religious freedom is impossible. There is either a secular, neutral public square in the middle, or there’s a state-sponsored church-o-god, and you’d better get there every Sunday or the Jesus Police will come get you and throw you in the slam. It is the secular public square that allows our Jewish friends and our Muslim friends, and yes, our Christian friends, to enter their houses of worship and to talk to whatever imaginary friend in the sky they wish. I have said it before, and I will say it again: Anyone who is genuinely concerned about religious freedom needs to caucus with us, not them.
And this flap about gay marriage, Newt, I’m not sure how in hell you figure any gay person is imposing any kind of will on anyone. The government is interfering with these folks’ ability to negotiate a marriage contract with the same legal nimbleness as do enjoy we the breeders. It is foolish and petty and, rather than supporting families, it kicks families, especially children, in the gut.
Newt Gingrich is not from around here. I think he is a space alien.