Yesterday’s January 6th hearing collapsed over the past 12 hours with its “emergency witness” being caught in multiple lies. Rep. Adam Kinzinger had to find something else to concentrate on. He chose Rep. Lauren Boebert to represent him, fresh from Tuesday’s big primary win.
Kinzinger posted on social media hot take like Oprah gives out gift bags. These are his words and The Hill’s commentary on Boebert. Let’s just say I have thoughts about both.
There is no difference between this and the Taliban. We must opposed the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) June 29, 2022
“I’m sick of this separation between church and state junk — it’s not in our Constitution.” It was in a stinking mail and it doesn’t mean what they claim it does,” Boebert stated, drawing applause from the crowd.
…” The reason we had so many regulations was that the church followed them,” she stated. “The church is supposed to direct the government. The church is not to be directed by the government. This is not what our Founding Fathers intended.
Let’s start with the actual words of Boebert. It is often true that context is everything in all cases. The Colorado congresswoman was speaking at a church. This is the most important thing to remember when considering her comments. She clearly meant that the church should be the government’s dictator. This is because Christians are not to become disengaged and let themselves be ignored. They are citizens, after all, but they still make up a majority of the country.
Lauren Boebert is correct that the Constitution doesn’t contain the idea of “separation between church and state”. The Bill of Rights says that no law can be made by the government establishing a religion. This was clearly intended to protect religious people against discrimination by the state. It is the Bill of Rights that the Bill of Rights stipulates the protection of individuals from the government.
Although the founding fathers desired that the government be independent of religious institutions, the idea of a Christian worldview being detached from the government’s machinations would have seemed absurd to them. For centuries, the United States has had a tradition of government officials citing God. This isn’t a violation of constitutional rights. Everyone has their own beliefs about right and wrong.
However, all of this is giving Kinzinger’s absurd accusation too much credit. Even if Boebert was calling for liberal democracy, it would not make her any less than the Taliban. There is no “Christian Taliban” and Islamism is unique in its brutality and oppression, as shown by the events in Afghanistan since the US withdrawal. It is dishonest and disgusting to compare the views of American Christians with the Taliban. Kinzinger is aware of this, but he wants MSNBC. He will say and do whatever it takes to get it.
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