A FORMER high-ranking US politician has sparked outrage in the wake of the Nice terror attack after calling for all Muslims to be “tested” to see if they believe in Sharia Law.
Newt Gingrich, a former Republican Speaker of the House, made the comments in the wake of the mass slaughter of at least 84 people in southern French city.
Speaking to Fox News, Mr Gingrich, who has endorsed Donald Trump, has called for any Muslim who believes in Sharia Law to be deported.
He said: “Western civilisation is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.
“Sharia is incompatible with Western civilisation.
“Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizen… But we need to be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are.”
Mr Gingrich’s comments triggered a huge backlash on social media.
One user posted: “Newt Gingrich wants to deport anyone that ‘believes’ In Sharia, or visits a Sharia website. Seriously. This man is a disgrace.”
Another wrote: “No terrorist is going to say… I believe in Sharia law please deport me. Dumbest thing I ever heard.”
Mike Rothschild tweeted: “What is Newt Gingrich even doing babbling about Sharia? What does it have to do with life in the US in 2016.”
Mr Gingrich served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999.
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