Moments after news broke of the horrible attack in Nice, France, Newt Gingrich appeared on the RNC’s official propaganda network to share his solution for terrorism. Chatting with Sean Hannity, who made it very clear he did not want to politicize the deaths of 80 people right before he politicized the deaths of 80 people, Gingrich said:
Western Civilization is in a war. We should, frankly, test every person from here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.
Newt went on to say if Muslims had denounced Sharia, and become Americanized, they were welcome as neighbors. Still test them, though, because brown-skinned people who worship a different god are scary.
Has Newt Gingrich ever heard of Christian Identity? In a nutshell, Christian Identity is a hate group that believes Jews are the offspring of Eve and Satan. They embrace violence, hate, and white supremacy. From the ADL:
One of the most remarkable developments in the extreme right in the United States in the past few decades has been the rise of an obscure religious ideology known as Christian Identity. Penetrating existing racist and anti-Semitic groups and movements, it has inflamed their bigotry with religious fervor and also sparked the creation of many new groups. Adherents have committed hate crimes, bombings and other acts of terrorism. Identity’s current influence ranges from Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups to the anti-government militia and sovereign citizen movements-yet most Americans are unaware that it even exists.
Christian Identity’s origins can be traced back to the nineteenth century in Great Britain, where a small circle of religious thinkers advanced the idea, known as British-Israelism or Anglo-Israelism, that modern Europeans were biologically descended from the ancient Israelites of the Old Testament-specifically, from the “Lost Tribes” scattered by invasions of Hittites, Assyrians and Babylonians. The Lost Tribes had purportedly made their way to Europe, and from them descended the modern European nationalities.
Members of Christian Identity have killed police officers, bombed gay bars, and committed acts of domestic terrorism. But Newt Gingrich has never called for testing all white conservative men.
Has Gingrich called for the deportation of Tom Metzger? Metzger is, after David Duke, the most influential white supremacist alive today. In 1998, three of Metzger’s proteges beat a 27-year-old Ethiopian man to death with a baseball bat. Where were the cries for all neo-Nazis to be thrown out of the United States? When three white men dragged James Byrd to his death behind a truck in Jasper, Texas, were there calls to deport all the white men in Texas?
Of course not, because while to conservatives like Newt Gingrich, all Muslims are responsible for the acts of a few, not all white people are responsible for the acts of many. No one went on Fox after Dylan Roof murdered nine churchgoers in South Carolina, and questioned the right of young white men to live in this country. When a man engaged in a firefight with police on his way to the Tides Foundation, his car loaded with guns, inspired by Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich did not say one word. When a self-professed Christian murdered Dr. George Tiller, Newt Gingrich was silent.
Not all white men are hate-filled, racist, domestic terrorists, any more than all Muslims are hate-filled, racist terrorists. And honestly, more people were killed by toddlers in 2015 here in the U.S. than by terrorists, but we can’t do anything about that, so let’s pretend all Muslims are terrorists.
Muslims died in Nice. ISIS (who has not claimed responsibility for the Nice attack) kills more Muslims than any other nationality. Boko Haram kills Muslims. Muslims are the largest group of victims, yet Newt Gingrich and other conservatives believe it is “Western Civilization” that is under attack. Western Civilization, by the way, is code for white people.
There are two reasons Newt Gingrich and his ilk don’t care about the Muslims who die at the hands of terrorists: the color of their skin, and the name of their god. Muslim women and children can be raped and kidnapped, Muslim families can be slaughtered and blown up by terrorists, and no one bats an eye. But attack white people, and suddenly, it’s ban all Muslims, test all Muslims, deport all Muslims.
Conservatives are silent when white people commit acts of violence in the name of their god. Conservatives are silent when Boko Haram uses a little girl as a suicide bomber. Conservatives are silent when ISIS murders Muslims in the Middle East. The only time conservatives care one whit about terrorism is when a brown-skinned person kills a white person. Then it’s a war against Western Civilization, and we must be vigilant in our attempts to test, register, deport, and perhaps, in a Trump administration, imprison, anyone of Muslim descent.
Because that’s what Jesus would do.