Though Newt Gingrich is still playing coy games about rumors he’s created himself about whether he’ll for President in 2012, he’s busy promoting himself in other ways, creating a propaganda organization that’s dedicated to the theocratic goal of “restoring our Judeo-Christian heritage” – a private, non-governmental heritage that’s shared by only by a diminishing number of Americans. As part of this mission, Gingrich is now calling for the government to prohibit Muslim worship in certain Islam-free zones in the United States.
“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia,” Gingrich says. Of course, no one is proposing building a mosque near “Ground Zero” (a term which used to refer to the place where an American nuclear bomb detonated over Hiroshima) in New York City. The building that’s being proposed is an interfaith community center.
I wouldn’t want to live in Saudi Arabia, where Islam is strictly enforced, but that’s because I don’t think any religion should be strictly enforced. The Gingrich model for dealing with Saudi theocratic tyranny is to impose a similar theocratic tyranny here in the United States.
It’s a fine approach, if your goal is to have Christianity win over Islam. If your goal is to have American liberty prevail over efforts to restrict religious freedom, however, Newt Gingrich’s plan looks a lot like surrender.