In this photo taken July 6, 2016, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich share the stage during a campaign rally in Cincinnati. Running mate or not, “Newt Gingrich is going to be involved with our government,
Following the attack in Nice that killed at least 84 people former House speaker Newt Gingrich has called for deporting everyone in America with a Muslim background who believes in sharia law.
“Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in sharia they should be deported,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“Sharia is incompatible with western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up sharia, glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door,” he added.
Gingrich also said that the attack in Nice is the “fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary,” and suggested that mosques in America need to be monitored.
Gingrich’s proposal, which made no distinction between U.S. citizens and non-citizens, would violate scores of First Amendment-based Supreme Court rulings as well as civil rights laws which together bar discrimination on the basis of religion, entanglement by the government in religion and restrictions on freedom of expression and belief.
Specifically the First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”
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Gingrich has been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential running mate with Donald Trump, who called off an announcement of his choice originally scheduled for Friday after the Nice attack.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the attack in Nice as well as Gringrich’s call to “test” and deport Muslims in the U.S.
“When former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggests that American Muslims be subjected to Inquisition-style religious test and then expelled from their homes and nation, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awaid said, “he plays into the hands of terror recruiters and betrays the American values he purports to uphold.”
Following Gingrich’s comments, sharia started trending in the United States on Twitter.
Gingrich also alluded to the long debated “Clash of Civilizations” debate during his interview on Fox News: “These people are opposed to our way of life they are opposed to our value system they are opposed to our various religions they are opposed to the whole concept of freedom…” he said.
The comments made by Gingrich are similar to ones made by Donald Trump in 2015, where he called for surveillance of mosques.
What we know about the deadly attack in Nice
A truck rammed into a crowd in Nice, France, during a celebration of the French national holiday. At least 84 people were killed before police shot the driver. (Jenny Starrs, Jason Aldag/The Washington Post)