Newt Slams Obama, Mitt on 'Anti-Religious Policies'

Obama has declared 'war on Christianity,' he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Newt Slams Obama, Mitt on 'Anti-Religious Policies'
Gingrich speaks at a church in South Carolina earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Newt Gingrich's latest campaign pledge is to overturn all "anti-religious" policies on his first day in office. On the campaign trail in Florida yesterday, the candidate—a prominent opponent of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque—portrayed himself as the candidate of religious freedom, the Wall Street Journal reports. He accused Obama of declaring "war on Christianity" with a regulation requiring employers to cover birth control in their health policies.

The Catholic Church, which Gingrich joined in 2009, denounced the policy in a letter read to parishioners across the country Sunday, ABC notes. Gingrich also slammed Romney for a similar policy introduced while he was governor of Massachusetts—and accused him of cutting off funds for kosher meals for elderly Jews on Medicare. Romney "has no understanding of the importance of conscience or the importance of religious liberty in this country,” Gingrich said. “I will make religious liberty your right, to go with God with no government interference." (More Catholic Church stories.)

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