On Friday, Barack Obama called Newt Gingrich’s plan to deport sharia-adhering Muslims in America “repugnant and an affront to everything that we stand for as Americans.”
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Nice, France, Gingrich said, “We should, frankly, test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization.”
Speaking from the White House, Obama said, “We’re going to win this fight by building, by never giving up on diplomacy to end the Syrian civil war, by working with partners around the world, including Muslim communities to push back against hateful ideologies that twist and distort Islam, a religion is that teaches peace and justice and compassion.” (RELATED: Check Out Obama Dressed In Islamic Garb [VIDEO])
“We will defeat these ideologies by offering a better vision of development and economic progress so people, especially young people, have more hope and opportunity and are less susceptible to extremism and violence in the first place,” Obama said. “And we will continue to promote political opportunity and democracy so citizens have a say in their future.”
“And we will win this fight by staying true to our values, values of pluralism and rule of law and diversity and freedoms, like the freedom of religion, freedom of speech and assembly, the very freedoms that the people of nice were celebrating last night on Bastille day.” (RELATED: Newt Goes Off: Deport Muslims Who Believe In Sharia, France Attack Fault Of ‘Western Elites,’ Starting With Obama [VIDEO])
“In the wake of last night’s attacks, we’ve heard more suggestions that all Muslims in America be targeted, tested for their beliefs, some deported or jailed. And the very suggestion is repugnant and an affront to everything that we stand for as Americans,” Obama claimed.
“We cannot give in to fear or turn on each other or sacrifice our way of life. We cannot let ourselves be divided by religion, because that’s exactly what the terrorists want. We should never do their work for them. And here in the United States, our freedoms, including freedom of religion, help keep us strong and safe, and we have to be vigilant and defend our security and our freedoms.”