Newt Gingrich: Americans Must Fight Hostility to Christianity Growing in Schools

Newsmax (Link) - Newt Gingrich (October 4, 2009)

A virulent hostility toward religion is threatening the very fabric of American liberty and prosperity: That's the alarm former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, are sounding in their thought-provoking new documentary, �Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage."

In an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview, the former House speaker contends that American culture has been marked by "a steady increase in hostility to religion over the last 70 or 80 years, in ways that are a profound challenge, both to Western Civilization and to America as we know it."

Christianity appears to be the primary target of the attacks, Gingrich says.

Gingrich says, "When you look at efforts to drive the cross off of public lands, efforts to drive [out] Nativity scenes. . . there are a number of places in America now where there is a great bias in favor of teaching children about Islam than there is about Christianity. You actually have schools today that will have a class on Islam but refuse to have a class on Christianity. I'll let you decide whether that's a bias."

With top-drawer cinematography complementing the real story of democracy's birth pangs, the DVD manages to avoid sounding the drumbeat of religiosity or politics.

"What we try to do is really put America in a historic setting," says Gingrich, himself a former college history professor. "These movies are not theological, they're not ideological."

The new DVD takes off where Gingrich's New York Times best-selling book �Rediscovering God in America� and its companion DVD by the same name left off.

That earlier effort presented a walking tour of the nation's capital. Much to the ire of hard-core secularists intent on driving faith out of the public square, it documented the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of the nation that are so clearly evident in the tableau of monuments, memorials, and federal buildings seen throughout Washington, D.C.

The new DVD uses the same concepts and techniques. But this time, they follow the birth of democracy across the entire United States, from the spot where the first English settlers landed near Jamestown in 1607, to the cradles of liberty in Philadelphia and Boston, to George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation manse on the shores of the Potomac, to the Gettysburg battlefield where Lincoln honored the men who gave "the last full measure of devotion," and pledged "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom."

The narrative begins with the landing of the first permanent English settlers in 1607.

Speaker Gingrich explains: "Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage begins with the first English-speaking settlers at Cape Henry, Virginia raising a cross, and thanking God for getting them across the Atlantic � their very first act.

"I would challenge any viewer to go check your child's textbook, and see whether or not that is in the textbook at the beginning of English-speaking colonization," he says.

"Our very basic document, the Declaration of Independence, said that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," Gingrich says. "Yet how many schools today teach children what 'our Creator' means, and why our Founding Fathers wrote that?"

Highlights of the DVD include:

Produced in association with David N. Bossie's Citizens United Productions, �Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage� brings to mind the words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. . . "

The American Revolution also involved a revolutionary change in man's relationship to Providence, Gingrich suggests.

"It becomes very clear they relied very heavily on God, and consistently praised God for their survival and their freedom," says the former Georgia congressman.

The Gingriches tell Newsmax that America's Judeo-Christian traditions are in danger of being redacted from its textbooks and media.

"You see it everywhere," Callista says. "You see it in our schools, which refuse to teach accurately the role of God in America. You see it in some of the media, who refuse to cover our religious heritage. And you see it in many of our courts, who have real contempt for God in the public square."

The good news, Newt says, is that America remains a place where revivals can occur � religious as well as political.

"Citizens can complain to their congressmen," he says. "They can replace the congressmen, if they don't get it. They can insist on changing the courts. The American people in the end are sovereign. They have every right to take back power, and to insist on changes in things that are fundamentally destroying America."