Newt is awesome. He is so arrogantly oblivious to his own hypocrisy that sometimes I suspect his whole campaign is run by Stephen Colbert. He is a gift to political comedians everywhere, and for once he said something sensible about marriage (amidst his usual sea of hypocritical crazy).
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. – Newt Gingrich
I bolded the part he got right. The last bit is just more of his brand of crazy.
It’s totally true. The majority of Pagans, if elected into public office, would take a stand for their principles and support same-sex and polyamorous marriage, just as they do as private citizens. If Paganism had it’s way the government would get out of the marriage business and leave domestic partnership contracts in the hands of citizens. We believe that people should live honest, happy lives with the people they love, and that you shouldn’t be concerned with other people’s bedrooms.
I don’t understand why Newt has a problem with this. I mean, if he were Pagan, he’d have been counseled by peers and elders to be an honest polyamorist rather than a dishonest serial cheater. He obviously can’t live up to Christian fidelity, and we could have given him other options that would have helped him live an honest life. Although, his habit of dumping his lovers when they get sick would not be condoned, and he would likely be criticized loudly for it by the Pagan community. We’re a vocal bunch, and care more about your being a good person than simply wearing a religious label and showing up to service.
I took a quick look today and the only Catholic article on Gingrich I could find discussing his colorful history with marriage ended with some vaguely supportive notes that Callista is dragging Newt to Mass regularly. I couldn’t find any condemnation from his own faith community for Gingrich’s blatant flouting of Christian forms of marriage. In searching for articles I found a lot of writers celebrating Newt’s Catholicism, and a few condemning his racist statements.
Gingrich’s win in South Carolina over Romney just proves that all this talk over family values and “traditional marriage” is nothing compared to having your team win. If Christian forms of marriage were that important, and family values a true concern for the Republican party, then Romney would already have the GOP nomination sewn up. That fact that he doesn’t, and this clown that lies to and deceives the people he swore to love and honor before his God still has a fighting chance, just goes to show that this marriage and family talk is empty rhetoric. Smoke and mirrors.
I’m proud that my faith is so closely associated with same-sex marriage in the beady, little eyes of Newt Gingrich. Because same-sex marriage, polyamory and Paganism all have something in common: we believe in honesty.
It’s a value Newt lacks. Just ask wives 1 & 2.