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On Gingrich, Prayer and Trust

Former failed Speaker of the House and current Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently attempted to gain attention for his campaign by attacking atheists, asking rhetorically at a presidential candidates’ debate, “How can you have judgment if you have no faith? How can I trust you with power if you don’t pray?”

gingrich on atheists and prayerSo, we see that Gingrich believes that a person has to be religious, and to make a show of praying, in order to be trustworthy. But, do the American people trust politicians who display these qualities?

Not in Newt Gingrich’s case. Gingrich makes a great deal of noise to call attention to the fact that he is religious, and that he prays a lot. Yet, in a recent CBS / New York Times poll, only 10 percent of Republican respondents said that they thought Newt Gingrich should get the Republican presidential nomination next year.

Do you think that, if Gingrich spends more time praying, and less time campaigning, he will be able to improve that number? It seems that conspicuous displays of religiosity aren’t enough to gain the trust of the American people after all.

3 comments to On Gingrich, Prayer and Trust

  • Jay

    Newt Gingrich, Man of Faith:

    “I don’t want him to be president and I don’t think he should be.” – Newt’s first wife Marianne.

    “We had oral sex. He [Newt Gingrich] prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, ‘I never slept with her.’” – Anne Manning, former campaign worker for married Gingrich. Manning was also married at the time. (Vanity Fair –Sep. 1995)

    Gingrich also lived and slept with his present wife Callista while he was still married to Marianne. (NY Daily News – Aug 12, 1999)

  • Tom

    Sounds like he better be praying – ’cause he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected president or even being taken as believable by voters.

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