Saturday, March 12, 2011


In today's New York Times, religion columnist Samuel Freedman interviews Suhail Khan, who became a staffer for GOP congressman Tom Campbell in 1995 -- and from Khan we learn something about Newt Gingrich that really should end Newt's political career in the Republican Party:

As he set about helping Representative Campbell push forward the Contract With America, a conservative agenda that Mr. Khan heartily endorsed, he also came to realize he just might be the only Muslim on the Hill. Eventually, he met a Muslim aide to a Texas congressman, and the two of them would regularly pray in a Capitol stairwell.

Word of mouth did its work and by 1997, Mr. Khan and a dozen other Muslim staff members were holding the Friday juma service in a nearby Congressional office building. Then, around 1998, Newt Gingrich as speaker assigned the Muslim worshipers their own conference room for services....

Omigod! Really? Newt Gingrich arranged for Muslims to have a place to worship in the offices of Congress?

Gingrich wants to be the presidential nominee of a party in which many in the rank-and-file -- in fact, many of the officeholders -- believe that Islam is not a religion, but is, rather, a political ideology hostile to America by definition. These Republicans believe there is no such thing as moderate Islam. And Gingrich accommodated some of the traitors?

Won't he have to answer for that act of treason if he goes ahead with his presidential bid? Now that this fact has come to light, can he even run at all?

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