Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) ripped into Newt Gingrich during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday night, criticizing the former House speaker for his inflammatory comments on the Sandy Hook shooting.
Earlier in the day, Gingrich had suggested that godlessness in society was a root cause of Friday's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults.
“That’s just an example that Mr. Gingrich will say anything to get attention,” Frank said. “God appears to have been driven out of Mr. Gingrich’s private life, if you look at his marital history. He’s very selective about where he thinks fundamental religious tenets ought to be followed. That is just such nonsense.”
Frank was referring to Gingrich's well-documented history of infidelities and messy divorces.
Gingrich made his controversial comments during an appearance on radio station 55KRC, where, reflecting on the tragedy, he pointed to the lack of God in contemporary American society.
"When you have an anti-religious, secular bureaucracy and secular judiciary, seeking to drive God out of public life, something fills the vacuum," he said. "I don’t know that going from communion to playing war games, in which you practice killing people is necessarily an improvement."