Group Blasts Gingrich For Limiting Hires To Muslims Who Renounce Shariah Law
What if someone said a similar thing about the ten commandments, or Halacha? This is the equivalent of a religious test, something specifically forbidden by our constitution. This statement also tells me that either Gingrich’s much ballyhooed intelligence is over rated, or that he’s cynically chumming evil waters hoping for a big boost from bigots.
The largest Muslim civil liberties group in the United States on Wednesday condemned Newt Gingrich for saying he would only hire Muslims to his administration if they renounced the use of Islam’s Shariah law as a tool for U.S. government.
Calling Gingrich “one of the nation’s worst promoters of anti-Muslim bigotry,” the Council of American Islamic Relations suggested the Republican presidential candidate is a
“Newt Gingrich’s vision of America segregates our citizens by faith. His outdated political ideas look backward to a time when Catholics and Jews were vilified and their faiths called a threat,” said CAIR Legislative Director Corey Sayolor in a statement.
“The time for bias in American politics has passed and Newt Gingrich looks like a relic of an ugly era,” Sayolor said.
CAIR said the release was prompted by the candidate’s remarks Tuesday in Columbia when, asked if he would ever endorse a Muslim running for president.