Newt Gingrich has told the congregation at a Georgia church that the "secular left" is trying to undermine American principles established by the Founding Fathers.
The Republican presidential candidate said Sunday at a church north of Atlanta that Americans have faced a "50-year assault" by those trying to alienate people of faith.
The three-time married Gingrich said wasn't speaking as a "religious leader" or as a "saint" and that he had sought "God's forgiveness" in the past.
The former House speaker is bypassing Tuesday's primaries in
Michigan and Arizona and spending most of the week in his home
state of Georgia, which he represented in Congress for 20 years.
Georgia is among a large group of states voting March 6.