Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich explained in a radio interview last week that “the secular world,” which advocated same sex marriage, was connected to the United State’s economic downfall.

“The concept of family being between man and woman and the concept of all these core values that grow out of 3,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition,” he said on Catholic Radio San Diego, according to On Top Magazine. “This is a direct threat to the entire secular world.”

The radio host then asked Gingrich about the connection between secularism, the “attack” on the family and America’s economic woes.

“There’s a core absolute overlap between free enterprise, freedom and freedom of faith,” he replied. “And if you don’t have freedom of faith in the end you’re not going to have free enterprise because there’s no moral force that defends and protects you. Whereas if you have freedom of faith, you will in fact rapidly acquire freedom in general.”

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