June 08, 2009
"We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism."
Who said that? Ayman al Zawahiri?
I guess this means Gingrich has decided to kiss the Hindu vote goodbye, and he's probably assuming all Pagans vote Democrat. As I've pointed out before, I consider myself a Pagan Christian. And interestingly enough, it was in 2005 that I publicly admitted to being a pantheist.
I have voted solidly Republican since 1996.
My religious views ought to matter to no one, though, and while I don't discuss them much, it ought to go without saying that the right to make free choices in religion is an American birthright.
But by singling out Pagans, what kind of message is Gingrich sending? I mean, I could sort of understand if he got all excited and exclaimed "We are living in a period where we are surrounded by Islam." Except he'd never, ever say that, and why? Because it would be seen as bigotry. So what's up with this? Does Newt Gingrich not mind being perceived as an anti-Pagan bigot?
While I can't be sure, to fair to Gingrich, it's worth considering that he might not have really meant to literally single out Pagans according to the religious meaning of the word, because right after that statement, there's this:
They and other speakers warned about the continuing availability of abortion, the spread of gay rights, and attempts to remove religion from American public life and school history books.Gays are by no means necessarily Pagan, nor are pro-choicers. And atheists by definition cannot be called Pagan in the religious sense, because they believe in no gods -- precisely the opposite of many gods.
In that purely mathematical sense, monotheists tend more towards atheism than do polytheists.
So (if I do the math) maybe I should just be happy that Gingrich is more of an atheist than I am.
posted by Eric on 06.08.09 at 12:41 PM
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