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In his jubilant victory speech in South Carolina on Jan. 21, Newt Gingrich made three references to Saul Alinsky. Many who heard Gingrich’s speech no doubt knew who Alinsky was, but perhaps some people wondered, “Who is Saul Alinsky and why is Gingrich mentioning him?” Alinsky was born 103 years ago today, on Jan. 30, […] Read More

With the Republican presidential campaign locked in a slugfest between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney over immigration, more reasoned Republican voices are struggling to get an audience. During the Republican debate last week in Tampa, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said that when conditions become so unfavorable for undocumented immigrants, they will leave the United […] Read More

Upending the Republican presidential race, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich easily won Saturday’s South Carolina primary. His double-digit victory capped off a dramatic rise in the polls after he trailed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Palmetto State by double-digits just days earlier. Conservative evangelical voters lifted Gingrich to his dramatic victory […] Read More

As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich jumped to the front of the Republican presidential polls last month, he found several Southern Baptist leaders ready to support him despite his affairs and divorces. The treatment of Gingrich, who left his Southern Baptist church to become a Catholic in 2009, differs substantially from how Southern […] Read More

A Christian polling firm found that evangelicals favor five possible Republican presidential candidates more than President Barack Obama. Even the twice-divorced, thrice-married Newt Gingrich received a higher favorability rating among evangelicals than Obama, who has been married only once and for more than 18 years. Evangelicals have identified themselves as being pro-family. Among evangelicals, Gingrich’s […] Read More

I always find it curious that those who have spent most of their lives advocating legislation and policies detrimental to communities of color are usually among the first to accuse people of color of being racists. Take the recent example provided by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, who was echoing the comments of […] Read More

Politician Newt Gingrich grabbed for preacher Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority mantle Saturday, hoping it might give him power to win the blessing of the Christian Right in his quest for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Gingrich’s masterful and manipulative message made four claims: 1. Falwell asked Gingrich to “bear witness” to the nation’s need to […] Read More

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went on YouTube to say–in both Spanish and English–he didn’t mean to offend Latinos with his recent remarks criticizing “language of the ghetto.” “This past weekend I made some comments that I recognize caused a bad feeling within the Latino community,” said Gingrich, who is considering a run for president […] Read More

A personal policy prevents me from identifying my choices in an election. It would be detrimental to my work as a pastor to choose sides publicly in an election contest. I will talk issues. Prophetic preaching demands that issues, including those that relate to public policy, be addressed. I am going to make an exception […] Read More

Ten years after leading the “Republican revolution” that won control of Congress, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is back as an arbiter of public morality. Gingrich’s new book, Winning The Future: A 21st Century Contract with America, criticizes President Bush’s policy in Iraq, while accusing liberals of driving God from public life. In […] Read More