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After a brief moment of sanity, Newt Gingrich flips out again

011410_1650_NewtGingric1.jpgFormer U.S. House Speaker and perennial presidential/vice presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made some headlines the other day when he uttered some semi-sane words about the reality of being a black American and how white people fail to grasp the challenges that their fellow citizens of color face every day.

Unfortunately, Gingrich headed back over to his usual abode in Crazy Town yesterday with a new and certifiably insane series of statements about Muslim Americans. Esther Yu-Hsi Lee of Think Progress reports:

“Muslims who can’t pass a test to ensure that they are compatible with Western civilization should be deported, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested following a terror attack involving a man who plowed into a crowd and killed more than 77 people in Nice, France.

‘Western civilization is in a war,’ Gingrich said on Thursday night during a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity. ‘We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization.’

In the same interview, Gingrich — who is being considered as a potential running mate for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump — said the idea that Islam is a peaceful religion is ‘bologna.’

‘We need to be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are,’ Gingrich added. ‘Anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS, or Al Qaeda, or other terrorist groups, that should be a felony, and they should go to jail. Any organization which hosts such a website should be engaged in a felony. It should be closed down immediately.'”

No word yet on whether Gingrich favors a formal repeal of the Bill of Rights or would simple recommend suspending it on an ad hoc basis.

You can read the rest of the Think Progress story by clicking here.

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