Posted Jan 19, 2012 01:20 pm CST
The Council of American Islamic Relations is blasting Newt Gingrich for saying he would not back a Muslim for president unless the candidate renounces Shariah law.
Asked if he would ever endorse a Muslim for president, Gingrich replied: “It would depend entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Shariah. … A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat. A person who belonged to any kind of belief in Shariah, any effort to impose it on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat.”
Gingrich said he would support a federal law pre-empting the use of Shariah law in court.
CAIR legislative director Corey Sayolor said in a statement that Gingrich’s vision of America segregates citizens by faith. “The time for bias in American politics has passed, and Newt Gingrich looks like a relic of an ugly era,” he said.