BEWARE OF ‘GAY AND SECULAR FASCISM’…. Remember, this guy is supposed to be one of the Republican Party’s most dynamic thinkers.

On the November 14 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, in reference to actions by individual protesters of Proposition 8, the recently passed California ballot initiative amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich stated: “I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion.”

A few things to keep in mind here. First, let’s not forget that according to David Broder, Gingrich has “earned the label ‘visionary.’

Second, let’s also not forget that according to Bob Novak, Gingrich should be the next president of the United States.

And third, as Yglesias noted, “I suppose if Liberal Fascism can be a best-seller, more and more conservatives are going to hop on the ‘let’s call everyone fascists’ bandwagon.”

True, and none of them deserves to be taken even remotely seriously.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.