The new adventures of Newt Gingrich & Christine O’Donnell

Just a couple of tidbits that caught my eye this weekend:

  • On Saturday former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, sponsored by the Family Research Council. Am I the only one who sees the irony in a man who’s been married three times and cheated on two of his ex-wives speaking at a “values voter” summit?

  • And as if the story of Delaware Republican U.S. Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell wasn’t strange enough, during an October 29, 1999 appearance on “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Maher, O’Donnell admitted she “dabbled into witchcraft.”

    O’DONNELL: I dabbled into witchcraft — I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. … I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do. […]

    One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s little blood there and stuff like that. … We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar.

    Bill Maher, now the host of “Real Time,” has indicated he’ll release a clip a week of O’Donnell’s appearances on his show – which totals 21 appearances – until O’Donnell agrees to come on his show. Something tells me Christine O’Donnell has the “satanic witch” vote all sewn up, but I’m guessing some of the more conservative voters in Delaware might be more than a little concerned about Christine O’Donnell’s history of dabbling in witchcraft.

    Think Progress has more on The Old Adventures of New Christine.


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10 thoughts on “The new adventures of Newt Gingrich & Christine O’Donnell

  1. He compared secularism, the embracing of a separation between church and state, to extremist Islamist terrorism.

    Also telling was his unashamed bigotry against all Muslims, talking about “them” as if every Muslim wants sharia, talking as if the same people responsible for 9/11 are building the Islamic center.

    It’s remarkably hypocritical that this unapologetic bigot wants a law banning sharia while at the same time listing secularism as a threat. His (false) far right rambling that the Democratic party is socialist pales in comparison to his more bigoted comments.

    I fully agree that sharia law should never have legal ground in the USA. On the same token, I think NO religious law should be legal in the USA, the land of the FREE. There can be no true freedom with arbitrary religious law. These groups that stop just short of being hate groups, like the Family Research Council, want to impose their own malicious laws on the nation. In places where same sex marriage exists or is likely to come soon, they oppose it. In places where it’s not likely to happen without outside intervention, they support breaking apart the families of same sex couples and outright charging innocent people with the felony of doing nothing more than pursuing happiness in relation to WHAT, not who they are. It is the epitome of hypocrisy to support such malicious religious dominion while condemning sharia.

    I don’t care what flavor theocracy comes in, be it Christian, Islamic, Scientologist, or whatever! They are all variations of the anti-freedom concept. NO law should be based on quotes from some religious book, no matter which book that is. Laws should exist to protect people, and NOT to impose dominion over others. Freedom of religion means freedom to practice your religion, not to use that religion as an excuse to lord over others.

    More than any threat to this country I fear theocracy, and like Mr. Gingrich I agree that a threat comes from within the country too. Unlike him however, I see Christian theocracy and Islamic theocracy as two sides of the same coin.

    Our country is not the Christian States of America, it is the UNITED States of America. These bigots can talk about Atheists, Agnostics, and Muslims as if they aren’t Americans all they want, but I can only hope the people who really believe in freedom and justice for ALL speak up and not let these lunatics seize control of the country!

  2. Although I don’t support Christine O’Donnell for various reasons…I also don’t see anything wrong with people who “dabbled” in witchcraft.

  3. So we have a biggoted anti religious far left extremist like Maher blackmailing decent Americans now and of course the far left support this idiot… surprise considering the moral values of the left.

  4. First of all, she’s a cook & I’d never vote for her. That said, I have to admit that the fact that she’s got both the Democrats and Republicans so riled up is at the very least entertaining, if not a good thing unto itself.

    But can someone please explain to me where the line is now. A politician can experiment with pot (whether or not they inhale 🙂 in their youth & that’s OK. Doing cocaine is apparently not a problem. But piddling around with witchcraft is not. Hmm.

    I’m thinking there’s a whole lot of political careers that will be squashed then – I mean all freaks who get into goth stuff as they’re trying to figure out who they are, not to mention the enormous popularity of all the vampire crap right now has tons of people who…take the whole thing way too seriously.

  5. You don’t understand the difference.

    pot smoker and cocaine addict are men and democrats so the liberal media and progressives find it cute.

    someone said she dabbled in witchcraft in high school its a major story because first she is a woman, second she is a Conservative and third she is a real threat to the cocaine addicts agenda.

    1. I quite frankly don’t give a hoot about the witchcraft reference…it don’t matter a whit.

      But it makes an interesting contrast to the beliefs she adopted and espoused since then. So she dabbled while searching for answers and continued on. Big deal. Really.

      otoh: yeah she is a kook!

  6. Wow. So I guess that would certainly mean that people who’ve killed someone while driving drunk or who was a member of the KKK or who’ve snorted the booger sugar are unfit for office. Right?

    Oh and I thought you liberals were supposed to be tolerant of other religions. Or is that only if they aren’t Republican?

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