Presidential Candidate Watch

3 Years too late and 5 trillion dollars short:

Gingrich’s Criteria for Muslim Presidential Candidate: Person Must ‘Reject Sharia Law’

That’s hilarious! No Muselputz should ever get near the white house, let alone get inside of it. Obama was never properly vetted about his Muslim connections, beliefs and upbringing, and never  did he reject sharia law. And still we have him!

And “CAIR reminds Gingrich that all faiths are equal in America” (yawn)

It gets better:

Update:

Calling Gingrich “one of the nation’s worst promoters of anti-Muslim bigotry,” the Council of American Islamic Relations suggested the Republican presidential candidate is a segregationist.

Muslim Brotherhood Upset With Newt Gingrich’ Plan To Hire Apostates

Something we’re been suggesting way back when:

CAIR blasts Gingrich for limiting hires to Muslims who renounce Shariah law

  “I think the time has come for us to have an honest conversation about Islamic radicalism. I don’t think we should be intimidated by our political elites, and I don’t think we should be intimidated by universities who have been accepting money from the Saudis and who, therefore, now have people who are apologists for the very people who want to kill us,” he said.” (BCF)

Perry gets it half right:

Turkey is governed by ‘Islamic terrorists’, says Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry

Spencer explains why Perry  is only half right, and that still doesn’t change the fact that  “Rick Perry is woefully unfit to be president of the United States.” 

Needless to mention that there is blowback from Turkey:

Turkey condemned as “unfounded and inappropriate” on Tuesday comments by U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry that the country is ruled by Islamic terrorists and questioning whether it should remain in the NATO alliance.

Perry, the governor of Texas, also said during a Republican debate in South Carolina on Monday that the United States should eliminate all aid to its long-time ally.

“Obviously when you have a country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists, when you start seeing that sort of activity against their own citizens, then yes — not only is it time for us to have a conversation about whether or not they belong in NATO, but it’s time for the United States, when we look at their foreign aid, to go to zero with it,” Perry said at the debate.  (More here)

The Turkish Terrorists don’t like it one bit:

Turkey reacts angrily after Republican candidate Perry says it is …

During Fox News’ South Carolina debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested it might be time for Turkey to be kicked out of NATO, saying the country was being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists.

Perry’s response might surprise many, as Turkey is a longstanding US ally in NATO, and a critical diplomatic partner engaged in “a working relationship that is one of the most important but least discussed developments shaping (2011)’s change in the Arab world.”

Moderator Bret Baier asked the Republican hopeful about the country’s Islamist governing party, and outlined many of the problems going on in the nation, including a high murder rate among women, lessening press freedom, and military issues in the region. “Do you believe Turkey still belongs in NATO?”

“Obviously when you have a country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists, when you start seeing that type of activity against their own citizens, then, yes,” Perry boldly proclaimed. “Not only is it time for us to have a conversation about whether or not they belong to be in NATO but it’s time for the United States, when we look at their foreign aid, to go to zero with it.”

Mediaite, 16 January 2012

See also “Rick Perry camp explains suggestion that Turkey is led by ‘Islamic Terrorists'”, ABC News, 17 January 2012

Update:  Even Robert Spencer thinks Perry has gone a little too far: “Turkey is not ruled by Islamic terrorists. Turkey is ruled by Islamic supremacists who are working to dismantle Kemalist secularism and transform Turkey into a Sharia state. That is not at all the same thing, although Erdogan certainly shares the goal of jihad terrorists worldwide, which is to impose Sharia.”

But then, Spencer is not a fan of the Texas governor. He has previously criticised Perry for assisting a Muslim Brotherhood plot to infiltrate the US government and for promoting “a complete whitewash of Islam and jihad” in Texas schools.