During the discussion of gay marriage at the Republican presidential debate tonight, Newt Gingrich interjected to make the point that religious Christians face far more discrimination in this country than gays and other groups. He also accused the media of ignoring “anti-Christian bigotry.”
“Since weve spent this much time on these issues, I just want to raise a point about the news media bias,” Mr. Gingrich said. “You don’t hear the opposite question asked.”
Mr. Gingrich pointed to recent situations where Catholic charities shut down to avoid being forced to comply with anti-discrimination laws as evidence Christians are really the ones being persecuted in this country.
“Should the Catholic church be forced to close its adoption services in Massachusetts because it won’t accept gay couples, which is exactly what the state has done? Should the Catholic church be driven out of providing charitable services in the District of Columbia because it won’t give in to secular bigotry? Should the Catholic church find itself discriminated against by the Obama administration on key delivery of services because of the bias and the bigotry of the administration?” Mr. Gingrich asked.
Mr. Gingrich finished his comments by criticizing the media for not covering “anti-Christian bigotry.”
“The bigotry question goes both ways and there’s a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concerning the other side, and none of it gets covered by the news media,” said Mr. Gingrich.
Mr. Gingrich’s remarks drew a loud round of applause from the audience at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.