BY ADELE SAMMARCO
After promising to create a base of operations on the moon if elected, Republican Presidential Candidate and Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, is now comparing same-sex marriage to paganism.
For those of you who are unsure of the antiquated term, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a pagan is one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods, an irreligious or hedonistic person.
This latest revelation came about after the thrice married Gingrich took part in a mass conference call involving a large number of Florida’s evangelical and religious right-wing, conservative voters.
The New Civil Rights Movement quoted Gingrich as saying, “It's pretty simple: marriage is between a man and a woman. This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it's a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.”
Mr. Gingrich was invited to participate in the conference call Wednesday involving more than 125,000 Florida evangelicals, including 2,400 pastors from around the Sunshine State. The reason why, perhaps, Gingrich participated in the phone call could be contributed to the fact that as many as a third of the votes to be cast in next Tuesday’s Florida primary may come from evangelicals.
In South Carolina last week, where born-again and evangelical voters represented two-thirds of the vote, Gingrich more than doubled Republican rival candidate Mitt Romney’s totals with 44 percent of the evangelical vote to 21 percent for Romney, despite questions raised about the former Speaker’s private life, extra-marital affairs and multiple marriages, as reported by the Washington Times.
This, despite Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne, who publicly announced last week just before the South Carolina primary that her husband had asked her to participate in an "open marriage" while still carrying on an affair with his now third wife, Callista.
When asked if his third wife would make a good First Lady during a debate, Gingrich said he would be "thrilled to hang out with her at the White House,” adding she’s artistic and plays the French Horn.
Just last month, the Huffington Post reported that Gingrich defended marriage between a man and a woman to Iowa conservatives when asked to sign a marriage vow pledge by influential Iowa social conservative, Bob Vander Plaats.
According to the Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge, Gingrich wrote:
I appreciate the opportunity to affirm my strong support of the mission of the Family Leader by solemnly vowing to defend and strengthen the family through the following actions I would take as President of the United States. As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military. I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts. I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification. I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman. I will support all efforts to reform promptly any uneconomic or anti-marriage aspects of welfare and tax policy. I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.