Gingrich says he'd arrest judges who go against 'Christian' views

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In a half-hour phone call with reporters yesterday, GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich warned that as president he would abolish courts whose judges make decisions that are out of step with fundamentalist Christian views.

“Are we forced for a lifetime to keep someone on the bench who is so radically anti-American that they are a threat to the fabric of the country?” Gingrich asked reporters. “What kind of judge says you’ll go to jail if the word ‘invocation’ is used? If this isn’t a speech dictatorship, I’d like you to show me what one looks like.”

Despite an outcry over the remarks, Gingrich reiterated them this morning during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” saying the president could send federal law enforcement authorities to arrest judges who make controversial rulings in order to compel them to justify their decisions before Congress.

When host Bob Schieffer asked how he would force federal judges to comply with congressional subpoenas, Gingrich said he would send the U.S. Capitol Police or U.S. Marshals to arrest the judges and force them to testify.

Pundits speculate that Gingrich is trying to shore up his cred with Iowa Republicans ahead of the state’s Jan. 3 caucuses. Fundamentalist Christian voters dominate the Iowa GOP.

Gingrich has been viewed negatively by right-wing Christian voters in the past for his three marriages and acknowledged adulteries. But he’s caught on with those voters in recent weeks by saying that judges who have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage or against prayer in school are “activists” who should be thrown out.

Although Gingrich’s view of the judiciary is considered unconstitutional by legal scholars, a growing number of right-wing Republicans hope to turn the United States into a theocracy where religious fundamentalists’ interpretation of the Bible would supersede the law.  


+1 14 Mke Yankee 2012-01-26 18:29
Wow...when are we going to have some real leadership options for Presidential candidates. "God" help us if Newt gets in...I'm with an earlier comment regarding the seperation of church and state! Bringing on the dark ages was an excellent comment too btw...
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-9 13 Kafir Harby 2011-12-28 04:36
Well, it is FAR BETTER to live under a christian theocracy then under an islamic theocracy powered by new-communists!! Newt for president !!!
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+1 12 Ed 2011-12-20 22:41
This is not proof of what kind of president he will be, but what kind of candidate he is being. This is so out of line with the concept of checks and balances between the judiciary and the executive branch. I have to assume since this man is an acknowledged expert in the Legislative Branch, that he is actively disregarding the established powers of the President to win votes from people he thinks don't know any better. He is describing not a theocracy, but a dictatorship where the views of one outweigh all. The GOP is running out of time if it wants to offer the voters primary choices.
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-1 11 Ed Weinmann 2011-12-20 12:41
I will not be politically correct. However, unlike Weisberg, I will be honest. Mr. Weisberg has frankly twisted the truth to an outright lie in his article. If one wants to view Mr. Gingrich's position on the judiciary, they need to hear it from Mr. Gingrich. In so doing, they may get the truth. One may see a brief video (beginning specifically on the subject of the judiciary) by going to:
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+2 10 Otis L Griffin 2011-12-20 05:59
:D same as always . the alarm sounded for the terrorist , is actually the REPUBs intent , my way or the highway . based on My view of GOD.
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+4 9 Gardner 2011-12-20 03:51
Well, I guess all the religions that aren't Christian need to start going underground once Newt gets his version of Nazi-America up and running. And if you're Atheist, fuggitaboutit! Your heads will be displayed on pikes at the entrances of every city! Thank you Newt for bringing back the "Dark Ages"!
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+2 8 Jack Larsson 2011-12-20 01:55
This guy Gingrich is truly a nut bar and you have to be nuts yourself if you think this man is at all sane. If he becomes President you are all welcome to join us in Australia where we have sanity and an atheist Prime Minister.
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+3 7 mystique rage 2011-12-19 23:32
I can't believe this is happening! The church and state were separated for a REASON and there views can often be far too harsh and segregated for the average American person! This is supposed to be a free fucking country but Obama has already suffered in making us follow a fucking tyranny so what he fuck does it matter anymore!!
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+1 6 Jesse V Coffey 2011-12-19 22:09
Wow, and we thought Tim Tebow was a whack job.

Mr. Gingrich, 1--the Constitution of the United States says you can't pass laws or support any one religion. And since 2--not everyone in this country is a Fundy Christian, you're gonna get judges who are doing what they're supposed to be doing, not using religion as a way to interpret the law. And 3--if you don't like how the law is interpreted, perhaps you need to fix the law. They're only upholding what you fat cats in Washington have passed, just the way you've passed it, in the exact verbiage in which you wrote the law.

BTW--I'm not Christian. So, if you don't mind, keep your religious zealotry to yourself and stop trying to shove it down my throat.
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0 5 Eldon Pittman 2011-12-19 19:54
Goes to show how much "Mr Know it all" knows. The Capitol Police do not have interstate jurisdiction! Dummy!
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