So, the man responsible for Republican obstructionism, and confirmed adulterer, Newt Gingrich, has declared that “if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time [my grandchildren are] my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American”.
Say what? Atheists and secularists will be radical Muslims? This indicates the totally vapid nature of these terms in modern conservative debate. “Atheist” is a term of abuse that means “someone who doesn’t accept the state-acceptable religious views”. That atheists themselves think it means they simply do not believe in any god seems irrelevant. Muslims are atheists because they do not worship the state-approved deity, Jebus.
Secularism of course means that there is no state approved religion. This is why it is equivalent to atheism for these guys. That the majority of those who argued for secularism in the first place were Christians is irrelevant (since history is also only a weapon, not a factual discourse). They don’t like what I and those like me want to impose on society, so they are atheists and secularists, and of course, since the worst people in the world are Muslims, so are they. That is how Gingrich gets to equate atheism with secularism with Islam.
Of course, Gingrich doesn’t believe a word of this. He knows damned well what these terms actually mean, and why they are different ideas. He knows that Muslims believe in a God and that not all Muslims are radical. But he also knows that this won’t play with his constituents. So he lies. That seems to be the modus operandi of modern conservatism.