After Repeated Flops, Louie Gohmert’s CHURCH Act Fades Away
In 2009, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas first introduced the Congressional Hope for Uniform Recognition of Christian Heritage Act, also known as the CHURCH Act. If passed, the CHURCH Act would have:
- Rejected the separation of church and state;
- Mandated the erection of a sign in the U.S. Capitol endorsing Gohmert’s alternative vision of true religious freedom: the freedom to choose only between different denominations of Christianity;
- Required special note to be given to the Christian identity of early Presidents and the Christian-only religious services organized by them.
This was a bill, in short, to require an assertion of history in which Christians and only Christians matter, in which Christianity and only Christianity is central to the nation, and in which citizens’ choice is limited to different flavors of Christianity.
In the 111th Congress of 2009-2010, Gohmert attracted 14 supporters for his CHURCH Act. That figure rose in the 112th Congress of 2011-2012 to 28 supporters. By the 113th Congress of 2013-2014, Louie Gohmert’s Christians-only sign bill for the Congress attracted only 4 supporters.
What about the CHURCH Act in the 114th Congress of 2015-2016? The bill simply hasn’t been reintroduced. Unable to gather legislative or popular support, Louie Gohmert has finally let it the legislation drop.
Gohmert still believes what he believes. Recently, he publicly mocked the Supreme Court for legalizing same-sex marriage: “We know more than Moses, we know more than Jesus, we are the U.S. Supreme Court.” But in his Biblical supremacism, Gohmert increasingly finds himself alone.