They are so cute, but they just want your money.Newt Gingrich is very busy! Look, there he is, saying Sarah Palin will run for president! And wow, he wants us to explode the other two members of the “Axis of Evil!” But more importantly, it is his job to stoke fear over the proposed mosque near the World Trade Center site, so it is no surprise he is using that hate to raise money for himself. You know what is a surprise? The Anti-Defamation League is joining him in this hate.

Newt Gingrich is now fundraising off of his opposition to the Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan (the so-called Ground Zero Mosque), telling conservatives in an e-mail appeal to “Please SELECT HERE to STOP the Ground Zero mosque! Your decisive DONATION to Real Action will help us to RALLY and ACTIVATE all Americans, to TAKE REAL ACTION!”

The fundraising appeal…was blasted out to the e-mail list of WorldNetDaily Thursday to raise money for Renewing American Leadership Action. Gingrich is honorary chairman of the group and his spokesman Rick Tyler is its director. Founded last year to help Gingrich reach out to evangelicals, it is “dedicated to defending and advancing American civilization by restoring our Judeo-Christian heritage.”

It is good to see Newt Gingrich is not being cynical about this. He KNOWS how important he is and that he needs LOTS OF MONEY to stop the building of mosques in the United States, which is HIS JOB.

When Salon talked to Gingrich’s spokesman about this, he had a great response:

Newt Ginrich’s spokesman told Salon in a phone interview today that building a mosque at Ground Zero “would be like putting a statue of Mussolini or Marx at Arlington National Cemetery.”

Asked what the 19th century German philosopher had ever done to America, Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler said: “Well let’s go with Lenin then.” Tyler explained that he was talking about Lenin, who died in 1924, as representative of the Cold War and ideologies opposed to America.

Not even going to try to make fun of the logic of this one. It is too hard.

Of course, there are others who know how IMPERATIVE it is that we hate people for their religion and try to keep them from practicing it. And those people are called the Anti-Defamation League. What?

We categorically reject appeals to bigotry on the basis of religion, and condemn those whose opposition to this proposed Islamic Center is a manifestation of such bigotry.

“Hah, I don’t think you guys know what ‘categorically reject’ and ‘condemn’ mean! For future reference: ‘condemn’ does not mean ‘join,'” said Pareene. Yes.

However, there are understandably strong passions and keen sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center site. We are ever mindful of the tragedy which befell our nation there, the pain we all still feel – and especially the anguish of the families and friends of those who were killed on September 11, 2001.

The controversy which has emerged regarding the building of an Islamic Center at this location is counterproductive to the healing process. Therefore, under these unique circumstances, we believe the City of New York would be better served if an alternative location could be found.

Oh, we get it. Because there is controversy stemming from idiot bigots and scum like Gingrich about this, these Muslims have to stand aside. Hey, Anti-Defamation League, if the “healing process” is still going on, part of that process should probably be learning not to hate all Muslims because of what a handful of extremists did. That idea should maybe be confronted, don’t you think?

You know, it was once controversial that Jews existed and lived among society. Do you think Jews should have just given in to and accepted what the people who hated them wanted for them? We should probably know what you think about that from what you named your group, but we don’t. [Salon/Salon/ADL/Salon]

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  1. Jack, Jack, Jack … why do you keep expecting haters to be logical? Logic comes from the mind. Hate comes from the heart and, as Woody explained to New Yorkers a long time ago, the heart wants what it wants.

  2. I’d feign shock at this, but the Anti-Defamation League isn’t exactly known for reasonable responses to anything, are they? Anyway, this’ll just be more fodder for the Muslims that already hate them. And so it goes.

  3. Wasn’t Gingrich supposed to be a history professor at one point? Because he should know that Lenin didn’t really do anything against the US either, and the Cold War didn’t get started until after WWII, when Stalin was in charge and Lenin was long dead.

    Even if that was the case, though, the analogy fails because he’s talking about individuals, not large diverse groups that include large numbers of individuals. It’s more like as if we allowed American soldiers of German, Japanese and Italian descent to be buried in Arlington, which I’m pretty sure we do.

  4. Christians have basically been using gays to cash in for decades. What’s one more scam based on an invisible man who lives in the sky anyway?

  5. I still think we should compromise and prohibit the construction of any kind of place of worship anywhere in the US. That way all the magical thinkers can be equally offended.

  6. Raising money by by inciting racial hatred and religious intolerance? What a concept! Fleecing the gullible haters is everyone’s civic duty, also.

  7. First, they came for the first commenter to make a “First, they came for the first commenter” comment, and I said nothing, for I was not the first commenter to make a “First, they came for the first commenter” comment…

  8. Every time I try to follow right-wing “logic” I die a little. I think they have given me wet brain.

    Or maybe it’s the alcohol abuse. Either way, it’s their fault.

  9. “While we don’t condone defaming Muslims, please refrain from defaming those who defame Muslims, because they are just saying what they honestly feel and are simply trying to heal the country by revealing how truly and undeniably dangerous Islam really is – in all of its forms – to all Americans and Jews. Muslims hate Jews, too.” -Official Response of the Anti-Defamation League

  10. [re=629388]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: You know, there’s a certain famous poem about the Germans first coming for the Jews that the ADL has referenced before that they might want to think about with this.

  11. You’d think the ADL would know that Newt and his evangelicals put them in the same file as the Muslins. At the moment they happen to be below them on the “infidels to be thrown into the pit” list, but the next demagogue could change the order.

  12. [re=629388]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: The ADL should have taken a principled stand against all forms of religious prejudice. Epic fail.

  13. Right wing logic is simple. “Find a wedge issue and bang away at it.”

    It is brilliant logic and it almost always works. Let me ask you: how many votes are Democrats gaining by being humane and reasonable about Muslims in general and the ground zero mosque in particular? What is the political advantage?

    Now: What are the Republicans losing and what are they winning with their fanatical anti-Muslim stance?

    There. See the logic?

  14. [re=629400]JMP[/re]: He co-wrote a book about The Battle Of Gettysburg in which Lee defeated Meade’s Army of The Potomac. So I think the proper term is professor of revisionist history. Kind of like his current Crusade in which he’s trying to get the American public to believe that ALL Muslims are terrorists bent on the destruction of white Xtian Americans, without actually publically stating it.

  15. [re=629426]Extemporanus[/re]: Wait, what? I was the first commenter to make such a comment?!

    Good thing this isn’t Gawker — those gold stars are nothing but trouble!


    All Islams is of the religion of death (9/11, subway bombs, etc.)
    So no mosque 3 blocks from ground zero (where dozens of dirty Muslin employees worked died along side their real American friends.)

    So then…

    All Christians is of the religion of buttsects and pedophilia (priests, the pope, ted haggert etc.)
    Tear down all the churches near elementary schools.

    Let’s get started folks. (yes this analogy is worth repeating. Anal-ogy I made anther funny.)

  17. [re=629400]JMP[/re]: It’s more like building an Episcopalian church in New York at Yorktown Heights or a Roman Catholic Church in London.

  18. The mosque is to be known as Cordoba Center. That is fitting. In south central Spain, shoehorned into the center of the Mezquita of Córdoba, the Great Mosque of Cordova, is the Gothic Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. For yus English onlys, that be the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. And as we all learned from the biz schoolers, when you assume you make an ass of you and me, putting a Gothic Cathedral in the middle of this glorious mosque was and is an architectural abomination, an aesthetic goatfuck.

    When Chris Colombo’s Queen Isabella kick the infidels out of that part of Andalusia, the over-the-top most Christian Queen had to show the Muslins whatfor and in short order build this Gothic monstrosity right square in the middle of the mosque. Well archeologists digging around on the grounds found that low and behold (and I do mean low, not lo) guess what they find under the mosque. Yeppers, an older Christian Visigothic church of St. Vincent. Keep on diggin’ does anyone wanna bet they’ll find old St. Vinnie’s was slammed on top of some pagan holy of holies in 600 AD? The winners always get to let their priests do their priestly pooping right on top of where there predecessor priests peed upon the holies of the previous tenants – ad nauseum.

    rant > This bullshit will never change, ever. The greatest threat to world peace is arguably organized religion. /rant

  19. Many Palestinians have diet at the hands of Israeli Jews in Jerusalem. I do noy find it appropriate that Jews should gather in or near said city. The same goes for Christians, Arabs, Persians, Muslims, Egyptians, Greeks, English, Italians, Macedonians, Germans, Mongols…well, to get to the point, I suppose, congratulation on your new Holy City, Togo. We hope you enjoy it.

  20. a) Karl Marx lived in Manhattan for a while, trufax.

    b) What did Lenin ever do to America, for that matter? Apart from reverse-deporting Emma Goldman, who was quite frankly asking for it.

  21. Isn’t Leningrad where the German army was stopped? I’m confused now. Which section of Arlington is dedicated to our Cold War dead who fought the philosophers of the late 1800s?

  22. [re=629400]JMP[/re]: “It’s more like as if we allowed American soldiers of German, Japanese and Italian descent to be buried in Arlington, which I’m pretty sure we do.”

    Wha wha wha??? Newt, get a shovel.

    It’s ironic that Bush could actually calm these folks down about their bigotry, and speak with some authority about how we shouldn’t hate a billion or so people because of the actions of a few hundred who share their ethnic heritage, but if Obama made similar statements to what Bush did in 2002, he’d be called a muslin terrist trying to install sharia law.

  23. Mosque + 9/11 x Jew = Rudy Guiliani

    Rudy Guiliani – 9/11 = mosque divided by Jew

    Jew = Rudy Giliani x mosque

    mosque = hitler!

  24. [re=629511]Snarkalicious[/re]: Read it through again and then post, you half-literate twit. What link did you follow here from Red State, anyhow?

  25. Wouldn’t it be nice to donate negative money to Newt’s cause? Here’s how, just send them a money order for 1 cent. The handling and processing of that money order will definitely eat that up. And then they will put you on a mailing list and waste more money sending you appeals for more money. Who says you can’t get anything for a penny?

  26. The thing is that a lot of people on the right wing are jealous of the zealotry on the extremist islamic fringe and seek to emulate it.

  27. Hey, Anti-Defamation League, there’s an awful lot of controversy about Israel building settlements in disputed lands, so maybe they should start putting those settlements in less controversial areas, like Jersey, or Florida, or the Negev.

    There’s also a lot of controversy about you fucking up every chance Gaza gets to get a little international relief, like food and medicine, so maybe…

    (etc, etc)

  28. [re=629536]FlipOffResearch[/re]: Wouldn’t it be nice to donate negative money to Newt’s cause? … just send them a money order for 1 cent.

    If you want to get really nasty, write them a bunch of bad checks on an account you’ve closed. If anybody calls you on it, say you reported those checks stolen years ago, that’s why you closed the account.

  29. Building an Islamic Center at Ground Zero actually doesn’t seem that different than building an a National Cemetery in General Lee’s backyard. Why couldn’t Lincoln just let the healing process take place?

  30. Newt’s actual speech is simply darling.

    He said that the problem wasn’t in the Koran, it was in sharia law. He said that the problem with sharia law is that, unlike us, and his audience, those funny Muslims think that the law comes from God, not man. He then said that most of Islam is a culture, and that culture is opposed to us, and we have to stop it.

    Now, what’s precious here is that, aside from shocking hypocrisy for the people who claim that they obey God’s law above man’s law when they want to shoot abortion providers, Newt is offering a mirror image of Osama bin Laden’s argument. He had no problem with Christianity the religion. He said the culture was the problem, and it was opposed to Islam, and that’s why all Christians had to die.

    But, of course, that’s wrong, and Newt is always right, because Newt just wants discrimination and hate, and foreign wars, and things that go “boom!”

  31. FACT: The ADL is often just as bigoted and prejudiced as those who they decry.

    FACT: Dwight Schrute:Michael Scott::Sarah Palin:Newt Gingrich

  32. there are understandably strong passions and keen sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center site.

    Of course. So let’s draw up a list of entities suitable for the Most Holy Sacred WTC site: McDonald’s (townhouse style), Duane Reade drug store, Hard Rock Cafe (with salvaged aluminum “grill” pieces from the collapsed towers and random jet parts blasted into the front facade), Dunkin Donuts Express, Borders, and the American Girl annex.

  33. [re=629621]Geogre[/re]: yes let’s just call Knewt a terrorist and be done with him.[re=629655]Miss Kublik[/re]: I think a Super Wal-Mart would best represent the American ideals we are so fucking proud of!

  34. The ADL are pussies. I defamed the hell out of Ariel Sharon, saying that he was alive and well and playing piano in a whorehouse in Reno, NV, under the name “Rosie Sharon” following a Swiss sex change, and Marty Peretz didn’t even have the common courtesy to denounce me as a bastard and an enemy of civilization.

    I think the ADL is losing their edge. Apart from all the young American Jews who could give a fuck if Israel is reduced to radioactive glass, I mean. Don’t they care about the reputation of one of their greatest war criminals?

    Habeas corpus! Alive or dead, produce Arik! I mean Jesus Christ, at least when that PLO class president, Arafat, died, they made a big issue out of it.

  35. To be fair, some Americans don’t have access to crazy technology like “maps” that would allow them to see exactly where the site of the mosque is.

  36. [re=629426]Extemporanus[/re]: Then, they came for the first commenter to reply to the commenter who made the “first commmenter” comment, and I said nothing, for I was not the first commenter to reply to the commenter who made the “first commenter” comment. Then, they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me, because the commenter who will reply to the commenter who replied to the first commenter who made the “first commenter” comment has not yet replied.

    Sorry, I really enjoyed your post so I tried to take it to it’s logical conclusion. I don’t know what happens if you reply, though. I guess I get put back.

  37. The intolerant talk may be distasteful to some, but the First Amendment protects what people say. As Americans we have to accept and respect that aspect of public life. The First Amendment also protects religion from government interference. Newt and Palin the others need to accept and respect that too. It’s a chance to show what kind of America they have in their Heart.

  38. Yes, ADL, and the building of Holocaust Museums in every town in America big enough to fund a JCC is counterproductive to the healing process of those Germans and other Europeans who were forced to participate in the activities of the Third Reich. And, Newt is still tormented that his slave-owning ancestors took such a grievous hit to their net worth with the Emancipation Proclamation, so we need to be considerate of him and his fellow Seccess. A Niagara of sensitivity, that ADL.

  39. [re=629786]Zorg[/re]: Gingrich a descendant of Confederates?
    With that upper midwest accent?
    In fact, Newt sounds like someone unelectable in Georgia. He got in and up as a fellow transplant who hated taxes, like the other go-go transplants filling up the formerly agricultural spaces. As I’ve mentioned before, there are a bunch of folks who are championing ‘states rights’ and the like who moved south. Newt’s as “southern” as Nixon.

  40. [re=629837]zhubajie[/re]: Didn’t he convert so he could be Catholic with his latest wife? Because he believes in the sanctity of marriage and everything?

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