Newt Gingrich says people are overreacting to his call to "test" all Muslims in the US. | The Tylt

Newt Gingrich says people are overreacting to his call to "test" all Muslims in the US.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich argued that the US should question every person with "a Muslim background" as to whether they believe in Sharia law, and deport them if they do. People reacted with shock: after all, religious tests are specifically prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. And the idea of government officials questioning US citizens about their religious beliefs sounds Orwellian and disturbing to many. But Gingrich tweeted this morning that "The hysteria of the media overreaction to my comments on the Nice attack is very revealing."

Are people overreacting to Gingrich's statements?

Well, with more than 80 people dead after a horrific attack in Nice, some agree with Gingrich that Muslims must have their beliefs interrogated in order to safeguard the US populace. Gingrich certainly isn't the first prominent politician to call for religious tests for Muslims, and to question their loyalty to the United States. Maybe we should know if there are people who believe that Sharia law (however it's defined) should supersede our own judicial system. Is Gingrich just telling uncomfortable truths that politically correct politicians refuse to? Even if you disagree, as of now Gingrich is no longer a VP contender. He's a second-tier politician well past his prime. Are his comments really worth getting this worked up about? 

On the other hand, many find the idea of any politician urging such an unconstitutional measure in response to terror is deeply unsettling. Gingrich's statement looks like both persecution and demonization of a religious minority. It also seems nonsensical: dozens are murdered in France, hence our government needs to round up Americans for questioning? How would that work exactly? What is "a Muslim background" and how do you determine if someone has it? Who' defines what Sharia law even is? It all comes across as not just prejudiced but foolish as well. At a time when we need real solutions to very real problems, Gingrich's nonsense needs to be called out.

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Newt Gingrich says people are overreacting to his call to "test" all Muslims in the US.
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Some are applauding Gingrich for telling the truth.
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Many of the Gingrich's fellow Republicans think he went over the line.
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Singling out one religion for scrutiny strikes many as seriously un-American.
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Plenty of Americans, however, think sharia law is a serious threat to the United States that has to be dealt with somehow.
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