Saturday, December 16, 2006

One Man's Opinion

Former House Speaker and Representative from Georgia's 6th district, Newt Gingrich, made the following remark during a keynote speech at the Manchester Republican City Committee Christmas dinner concerning the removal of six Muslim imams from a US Airways flight after a passenger raised concerns about the imams evening prayers:
Those six people should have been arrested and prosecuted for pretending to be terrorists. And the crew of the U.S. airplane should have been invited to the White House and congratulated for being correct in the protection of citizens.
As of late, Gingrich hasn't been known for defending First Admendment rights. Speaking at the annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment award dinner celebrating individuals who stand up for freedom of speech, Gingrich stated that the US may require a "different set of rules" to prevent terrorists from using free speech to recruit and get their message out using the Internet.

In a "Special Comment" retort, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann compared Gingrich's ideas to to Nazism.

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