Answering to criticism that he did not correct a questioner at an earlier campaign event who referred to Obama as a Muslim, Gingrich said he was confident Obama was a practicing Christian, but understood how one could raise such questions on the president’s religious affiliation.
“I have said publicly several times that I believe Obama is a Christian,” the Republican candidate explained. “He went to a Christian church for over 20 years. He was listening to the sermons. The fact is I take him at his word.”
“But I think it is very bizarre that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they are killing young Americans, while at the same time going to war against the Catholic Church and against every right-to-life Protestant organization in the country,” he continued. “I just think it’s a very strange value system.”
According to the Republican presidential nominee, who is trailing both Santorum and Romney in what is emerging as a two-man race, the fact that people even associate Obama with Islam reflects the bias inherent in the President’s domestic and foreign policies.
“It should bother the president” that people would think him a Muslim, Gingrich says. “Why does the president behave the way that people would think that? You have to ask, why would they believe that? It’s not because they’re stupid. It’s because they watch the kind of things I just described to you.”
“When you have every bishop in the Catholic Church say this administration’s at war with their religion, you don’t think that has an impact?” he added.
While apologizing for the burning of Qurans in Afghanistan, and pressing for the installation of contraception coverage at religiously affiliated institutions, the president’s controversial administration has disillusioned many and called attention to Obama’s efficacy as the country’s leader. Nevertheless, Gingrich remained certain that the media would spin coverage of the upcoming election in the president’s favor.
“Look, you have to understand the elite media’s in the tank for Obama,” the former Speaker asserted in a radio interview last Thursday. “They’re going to do anything that helps reelect Obama.”
“You think you’re going to see two pages on Obama’s Muslim friends?” he asked. “Or two pages on the degree to which Obama’s consistently apologizing to Islam while attacking the Catholic Church? Do you see anybody in the elite media prepared to say, ‘Gee isn’t this kind of odd that we really worry a lot about the Koran and not about the Bible?’”