Speaking at the National Catholic Prayer breakfast, Newt Gingrich on Wednesday warned Catholics that Europe’s “crisis of secularism” – spawning a “government-favored culture to replace Christianity” – has seized the United States.

“The American elites are guided by their desire to emulate the European elites and, as a result, anti-religious values and principles are coming to dominate the academic, news media and judicial class in America,” he said in Washington.

Gingrich lashed out against the “secular pressures” that have led scientific publications to replace Anno Domini (AD) with the Common Era (CE), banned school prayer and struck out “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

He recalled the court battle over the Mojave Desert Cross as a “revealing example of the fanaticism of the secularists.” Erected in 1934 to commemorate those who died in World War I, the cross stood in a national park. The Ninth Circuit said it was unconstitutional, yet the Supreme Court overruled on the grounds that it was an historic site. Then it was stolen.

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