Newt Gingrich compares current secularism in the USA to Poland in 1979 under Communism
Newt Gingrich, 1994
On a recent winter night here, Mr. Gingrich, 67, stood on stage at a Catholic school with his wife, Callista, and introduced a film they produced about the role Pope John Paul II played in the fall of Communism in Poland. As Mr. Gingrich looked out over a crowd of 1,300 people, he warned that the United States had become too secular a society.
“To a surprising degree, we are in a situation similar to Poland’s in 1979,” he told the audience, which had gathered at a banquet for Ohio Right to Life, one of the nation’s oldest anti-abortion groups. “In America, religious belief is being challenged by a cultural elite trying to create a secularized America, in which God is driven out of public life.”
From 2010 in another event at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University:
“The Soviet Polish dictatorship was repressive,” Gingrich said, according to prepared remarks given to us by Gingrich’s office. “Imagine a country where you could not pray in school — the government was constantly tearing down crosses — in classrooms and newsrooms it was easier to be an atheist than to be a Christian.
“Imagine a small secular political elite imposing its radical values on a massive majority of worshippers. You can see how strange Poland was — or maybe you can see how relevant this story is to America today.”
Gingrich also declared:
Measured by the standard of the Declaration of Independence it is clear that President Obama’s secular socialist philosophy is profoundly in conflict with the heart of the American system and is a repudiation of the core lessons of American history.
The secular socialist assault on historic America has been growing for more than two generations among our intellectual elites in schools and news rooms and the entertainment industry and increasingly among judges, bureaucrats, and now elected officials.