When Newt Gingrich spoke from the First Redeemer Church pulpit Sunday morning, it wasn’t about shale gas, fixing the economy or grandiose ideas. It was all about God and country.

The Republican presidential candidate talked about David and Goliath, Thomas Jefferson, Valley Forge and how the Christian faith has remained a constant in American history.

“Many of the most important people in developing the American Revolution were clergymen,” he said. “I believe we are a people founded by our own history.”

Christians and Jews are in the middle of two extremes, he said, radicals on one side and seculars on the other.

“We’ll have radical Islamists who want to kill us and you’ll have secularists who want to coerce us,” he said. “And that’s why, for example, recently you saw the Obama administration attempt to coerce the Catholic church. Because it is the inevitable nature of the left to use government to impose on us their values.”

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