Gingrich says he worries about poor spending money on gambling while supported by gambling magnate

Really?According to the Miami Herald:"At the risk of offending some of my friends who've been very helpful," Gingrich said, "I worry about the degree to which the poor are the most likely to spend a large percentage of their income gambling."According to the report, Gingrich did not spell out his views on gambling which is a hot topic in Florida now since at least two companies, including Gingrich's benefactor - Sheldon Adelson - want to put casinos there.I wish someone in the press … [Read more...]

Former South African President criticizes Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki criticized MP David Bahati's Anti-Homosexuality Bill Thursday in Kampala while speaking at an event at Makerere Institute for Social Research.About the bill's provisions, Mbeki said:I mean what would you want? It doesn’t make sense at all. That is what I would say to the MP. What two consenting adults do is really not the matter of law.Bahati's responded later to a reporter:However, Mr Bahati yesterday said the Bill was brought to curb a s … [Read more...]

Media widens coverage of Gingrich ties to gambling magnate

Some reporting is now examining the ties between Newt Gingrich and gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson. I have looked at various angles of the connection, including Gingrich's favorable treatment of the industry by thwarting an oversight committee and backing a tax break sought by casino owners.Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported some uneasiness among evangelicals about the significant ties between Gingrich and Adelson. One Gingrich backer, Matt Towery, said Gingrich wouldn't … [Read more...]

Apostle Dutch Sheets endorses Newt Gingrich for President

And Sheets also joined Gingrich's Faith Leaders Coalition.Here is the press release:Pastor Dutch Sheets Endorses Newt GingrichAtlanta, GA– Dutch Sheets has endorsed Newt Gingrich for president, and will be joining the Gingrich Faith Leaders Coalition.Dutch Sheets is the author of 18 books, including the best seller Intercessory Prayer. Throughout his 34 years of ministry he has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, served on the board of directors of n … [Read more...]

NARTH at odds with Exodus over reparative therapy

Historically, the National Association for the Research and Therapy (NARTH) has considered Exodus an ally in the social discussion of sexual orientation change efforts. Until recently, Exodus sold reparative therapy books in their bookstore but recently removed them. Also, Alan Chambers recently told an audience at the Gay Christian Network conference that The majority of people that I have met, and I would say the majority meaning 99.9% of them have not experienced a change in their … [Read more...]

Newt Gingrich favored tax policy requested by gambling industry

In May 1998, Newt Gingrich held a three-tiered fund raiser in the Las Vegas Sands Expo and Convention center, a large casino and hotel complex run by Sheldon Adelson’s company, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Hoping to raise $100,000, Gingrich provided a private briefing to supporters for $2,500, appeared with others for $500 and then held a rally which cost $35 to enter, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.According to the Las Vegas Sun, Gingrich struck the right chord during his m … [Read more...]

Gambling magnate says he expects nothing for his contributions to Gingrich

Of course he says that.Adelson would defeat his purposes if he said, "I want Newt to keep the Christians and/or Federal government away from my gambling empire."ABC News is at least looking into the matter. According to a report from ABC late yesterday, an unnamed source reportedly close to Adelson told ABC News thatMr. Adelson is "puzzled" by the attention the recent Super PAC gift has received.The source told ABC News that Adelson wants nothing in return.Adelson has given over … [Read more...]

Anti-Gambling Group: Gingrich thwarted efforts to regulate gambling

Given the twin $5 million gifts given by gambling mogul and Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam, I wondered if reports of Gingrich favoring the industry would emerge.According to an anti-gambling group based in Washington DC, Gingrich did in fact work to remove power from a government commission on gambling.In this 1996 Washington Post article, Gingrich is quoted as favoring the removal of subpoena power from a commission being considered at the time.House Speaker Newt … [Read more...]