(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – In a recent meeting of the House Oversight Subcommittee focusing on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs, Democratic Rep. Maxwell Frost sharply criticized Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert for her previous remarks undermining the U.S. Constitution. This gathering convened to discuss the growing influence of global religious extremism and included testimony from Amanda Tyler, the Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
Tyler expressed her concern that the notion of Christian nationalism, which essentially argues that the identity of the United States is fundamentally Christian, represents a significant danger to religious freedom in the country. This ideological movement has found support among some conservative figures, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who openly identifies with the group.
Frost seized the opportunity to question Tyler about the risks that Christian nationalism could pose to the democratic institutions of the United States. He was particularly concerned that such views have infiltrated Congress, referencing Greene’s prior endorsements of the ideology.
But Frost didn’t stop there. He directly quoted a previous speech by Boebert, delivered in June 2022 at the Cornerstone Christian Center in Colorado. Boebert had then proclaimed, “The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not meant to direct the church. I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk.”
Frost retorted, making it clear that by “junk,” Boebert was essentially dismissing the Constitution and Bill of Rights, foundational texts that uphold the very democracy she serves.
Boebert had tried to argue that the principle of separation of church and state isn’t explicitly stated in the Constitution but instead comes from an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association. However, the First Amendment makes it quite clear that Congress can’t make laws respecting the establishment of religion or inhibit its free exercise.
Boebert’s remarks have previously faced condemnation from political analysts and scholars, warning of the dangers of eroding the separation between church and state. She has also sparked controversy within the Christian community, facing calls for her resignation due to her highly charged comments, including a veiled death wish directed at President Joe Biden.
All in all, these events underscore the divisions not just between Democrats and Republicans, but within the very fabric of American values that are supposed to uphold the nation.
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