Gingrich warns of 'atheist country...dominated by radical Islamists'


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has said he expects to be running for president within a month, told parishoners at an influential megachurch in Texas Sunday that he fears an "atheist country...dominated by radical Islamists."


He was speaking at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, urging his audience to stand up for the nation's Christian roots.

"I have two grandchildren — Maggie is 11, Robert is 9," Gingrich said, according to Politico. "I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American."

(Wait. Aren't we supposed to be exceptional? How could that happen?)

The church is led by the Rev. John Hagee, an influential evangelical leader, whose endorsement Sen. John McCain had to repudiate in the 2008 presidential race. Hagee had said that Hitler was fulfilling God's will to drive Jews back to Israel, in line with Biblical prophecy.