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The reason you want your religion and your government to be separate…

June 11, 2014

…is because otherwise you end up spending your tax dollars on having government representatives presuming to lecture you on whether you are going to Hell or not, on believing the “right way” and how to act according to their personal interpretation of Scripture.  Is that really what you want your government to be doing?

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) saw fit to spend his allotted time during the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice grilling Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United Executive Director on his personal theological views. He made quite clear in his comments that he felt anyone who didn’t believe exactly the way he did about religion was going to hell:

“So, you do not believe somebody would go to Hell if they do not believe Jesus is the way, the truth, the life?” Gohmert pressed.

The pastor argued that people would not got to Hell for believing a “set of ideas.”

“No, not a set of ideas. Either you believe as a Christian that Jesus is the way, the truth, or life or you don’t,” Gohmert shot back. “And there’s nothing wrong in our country with that — there’s no crime, there’s no shame.”

“Congressman, what I believe is not necessarily what I think ought to justify the creation of public policy for everybody,” Lynn explained. “For the 2,000 different religions that exist in this country, the 25 million non-believers. I’ve never been offended, I’ve never been ashamed to share my belief. When I spoke recently at an American Atheists conference, it was clear from the very beginning, the first sentence that I was a Christian minister.”

See the video here
Rep. Gohmert’s is definitely not the kind of attitude towards religious expression we want in our legislatures, let alone our country.  And is it really the best use of our government’s resources to spend time lecturing religious leaders on how to believe, and telling them they don’t think they are “true Christians”?

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