Newt Gingrich on Friday blasted the Obama administration for what he labels a refusal to confront radical Islam.

"Until you replace this president and until you have the Congress and the new president replace large parts of our bureaucracies, we're going to continue to be dominated by a secular, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish elite, which is seeking to impose on us rules that make zero sense," he told religious conservatives at the American Family Association's pastors' policy briefing in Iowa.

Gingrich, answering a question about challenging Sharia law on U.S. soil, said the country's leadership was "so afraid to tell the truth" and "timid" that it didn't swiftly prosecute the Pakistani immigrant who was sentenced to life in prison last year for planting a bomb in Times Square. And he pointed out that the federal government has sued a school district for denying a Muslim middle school teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

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