Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks there is a bigger threat to Christianity than terrorist groups. He said an atheist and secular philosophy was more dangerous than the al-Qaida or the Islamic State.
Gingrich was giving a speech at a lawyers' event at the Ritz-Carlton over the weekend when he mentioned the rise of atheism and secularism in America and other Western societies. He implored his audience, which was comprised of about 300 members from the Ave Maria School of Law, to become the "centers of resistance" of this new threat.
The Republican further cited that secularism was the dominant tone at many American universities, school publishing mediums and in Hollywood. Religious institutions must then work together against this radical way of thinking.
Gingrich said: "Either the radical secularists will succeed in controlling the government and driving religion out of American life or the people who believe in faith will succeed in controlling government and insist that you cannot impose radical values on American people."
For Grinch, only one side will prevail between two beliefs, as the factions can never assimilate. He has complete faith, however, that religion will win.
"We're not going to give up on America," the former Speaker said. "We're not going to give up on God."
Gingrich grew up as a Lutheran but converted to Catholicism in 2009 following his marriage to Callista Bisek, who is Catholic. His wife currently serves as the ambassador to the Vatican as appointed by President Donald Trump.
The politician, who became the representative of Georgia for 20 years, ran for president and lost to President Barack Obama in 2012. He is one of Trump's staunch supporters who believe that the country is moving in the right direction under the latter's leadership.
Gingrich is no longer active in politics but he served as Trump's consultant during his election campaign. He sometimes works as a TV commentator for FOX.