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Rediscovering God in America
Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future
, by Newt Gingrich (published October 10, 2006)

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Newt Gingrich in this book expresses strongly how important God has been to American history. The structure of this book is a "tour" of Washington DC, pointing out all of the references to God built into our public monuments and buildings, as well as in their design and history. The details of that aspect of the book are mostly omitted here because OnTheIssues doesn't have categories for history nor architecture.

But there is a political purpose too, and those comprise our excerpts. In particular, Gingrich applies the historical importance of God in America to examine numerous current public policy issues, from the Pledge of Allegiance to school prayer. Gingrich reserves particular venom for the US Supreme Court and other courts who rule in favor of omitting God from public displays -- claiming that they are usurping power intended for the legislature, and also ignoring the importance of God in centuries of American history.

This book is similar in conclusions to Mike Huckabee's Character Makes a Difference. Gov. Huckabee, however, comes from a pastoral perspective, arguing on religious and moral grounds instead of Gingrich's historical grounds. Gingrich's argument is certainly more effective when attempting to persuade non-Christians or secularists. OnTheIssues hopes he enters the presidential race so that he and Huckabee can explore these differences in greater detail.

-- Jesse Gordon,, May 2007

Click here for 12 full quotes from Newt Gingrich in the book Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
Civil Rights
   Five justices banned school prayer against American majority.
   Removing God from Pledge of Allegiance assaults our identity.
   Removing "God" from Pledge assaults our identity.
   Replace multiculturalism with patriotic education.
Government Reform
   Insist on judges who understand our rights come from God.
   Insist on judges who understand our rights come from God.
   Our rights come from God, not from government.
   Supreme Court has become permanent Constitutional Convention.
Principles & Values
   Constitution says freedom OF religion, not FROM religion.
   Supreme Court hostile to religion, but building based on it.
   Creator as source of liberty is literally written in stone.
   Media-academic-legal elite imposes radical secularist vision.

The above quotations are from Rediscovering God in America
Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future
, by Newt Gingrich (published October 10, 2006).

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