Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert is warning America that radical Muslims are trying to enshrine their religious values in American government. Making claims about the Council on American Islamic Relations in a speech to Congress last year:
“At some point, we have to learn that there are people who want to do away with our Constitution and do away with our form of government and substitute their own caliphate therefor. Some want to do it peacefully; some in the organization want to do it violently. But it is an outrage for people who want to eliminate our Constitution and have their own sharia law to be allowed to be in the higher places in this government.”
But what about the idea of Christians bringing their religious ideas into American government? Rep. Gohmert loves the idea, declaring that “separation was to be a one-way wall, where the state would not dictate to the church. But the church would certainly play a role in the state”:
Not only that, but Gohmert argues that the United States is a Christian Nation. “Gohmert Says America is Christian Nation” is the title his own office gives this video snippet of Congressional remarks:
Louie Gohmert would like Christian prayer used by representatives of American government in the halls of American government. But what happens if Muslim prayer is used in an American ceremony? Gohmert is incensed. Speaking to the U.S. Congress again last year:
“Now look at what has happened. We see these incursions on the freedom of belief, and Christians are persecuted and forced to endure the slams and the arrows that should never be endured. Like SEAL Team 6, for example, those heroic members that were put in harm’s way in a situation they should never have been put in in Afghanistan, after SEAL Team 6 was outed as the one that took out Osama bin Laden. You can see the DVD, a recording of the Ramp Ceremony. They have an imam come up in his language and do a Muslim prayer over the American flag-draped caskets, and we know some of those guys were devout Christians.”
When you hear Rep. Louie Gohmert talking about letting religion in to American government, he only means the religion he likes. When you hear Rep. Gohmert talking about keeping religion out of American government, he only means the religion he doesn’t like.