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Newt Gingrich on Civil Rights

Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House


Five justices banned school prayer against American majority

The views by the media-academic-legal elite are completely at odds with the overwhelming majority of Americans. Once five justices decided we could not pray in schools or at graduation or could not display the Ten Commandments, we lost those rights. If five justices decide we cannot say that our nation is “under God,” then we will also lose that right.

They are not only arbitrarily rewriting the law of the land but are usurping the legitimate rights of the legislative branch to make the laws.

Source: Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich, p.132-133 Dec 31, 2006

Foreign opinion has no relevance to US same-sex marriage

There is a new & growing pattern among the Left-liberal establishment to view foreign opinion & international organizations as more legitimate than American institutions. [For example], Justice Ginsberg stated in 2003: “The Court has displayed a steadily growing attentiveness to legal developments in the rest of the world & to the Court’s role in keeping the US in step with them.”

In other words, Ginsberg is promising that as elites in other countries impose elitist values on their people, the Supreme Court has the power and the duty to translate their new Left-liberal values on the American people. No more old-fashioned defense of American traditions and American constitutional precedent.

Ginsberg quotes approvingly Justice Kennedy’s opinion making same-sex relationships a constitutional right in part out of “respect for the Opinions of Humankind.” The Court emphasized, “The right the petitioners seek in this case has been accepted as an integral part of human freedom in many other countries.”

Source: Winning the Future, by Newt Gingrich, p. 72-74 Oct 1, 2005

Discontinue affirmative action programs

Source: Congressional 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

ACLU has become eccentric and destructive

The ACLU is an organization with a long and distinguished history of fighting to protect freedom of speech. On the other hand, in recent years, it has carried its mandate to ever more eccentric and often highly destructive lengths. While is may have been perfectly honorable for Dukakis to belong to the ACLU, it was equally legitimate for Bush to attack him for it. And with what enormous relish he did the job!
Source: Lessons Learned the Hard Way, by Newt Gingrich, p.183 Jul 2, 1998

NEA includes most bizarre & extreme misuse of tax funds

One big disappointment for conservatives was our failure immediately to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. Certainly any listing of the most bizarre and extreme misuses of taxpayer money would have to include such examples of NEA artistic grant to a certain HIV-infected “performance artist” whose art consisted of cutting his uninfected fellow performer onstage and dangling the blood over the audience so they could experience the risk of contracting AIDS, or to two professors standing at the Mexican border and handing out $10 bills to illegal immigrants as they cross over and so on and on. Everyone has his own favorite cases. There is no question that if the majority of ordinary Americans were to see many of the examples of where NEA money goes, they would favor abolishing the system. Yet in the Senate there has always been strong support for the agency.
Source: Lessons Learned the Hard Way, by Newt Gingrich, p. 9 Jul 2, 1998

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