GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert ‘tired’ of separation of church and state ‘trash’
She added, “I am tired of this separation of church and state that is not in the Constitution. It was in a stinky letter, and it doesn’t mean anything they say. His comments were first reported by the Denver Post.
The First Amendment to the Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, has been widely interpreted to mean the separation of church and state – although the expression is not explicitly used.
Gwen Calais-Haase, a political scientist at Harvard University, told the Washington Post that Boebert’s interpretation of the Constitution was “false, misleading and dangerous.” Calais-Haase said she was “extremely concerned about the environment of disinformation that extremist politicians are taking advantage of for their own gain”.
Steven K. Green, law professor and affiliate professor of history and religious studies at Willamette University, agreed, saying, “Rep. Boebert is wrong on both counts.
“Although the phrase separation of church and state does not appear verbatim in the Constitution, many accepted constitutional principles such as separation of powers, judicial review, executive privilege, or the right to marry nor do parental rights appear. Boebert cherishes,” wrote Green, the author of “Separating Church and State: A History.”
Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, tweeted in reaction to Boebert’s comment, a line from the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion.”
“I can’t. Not today,” Steele wrote.
“The Church is supposed to run the government…And I’m sick of all this separation between Church and State that’s not in the Constitution.”
“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion.” — Amendment I, United States Constitution
I can’t. Not today https://t.co/vHGKm8vqRk
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) June 27, 2022
The “stinky letter” Boebert mentions is apparently an 1802 missive sent by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association. Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and ardent advocate of the inclusion of a bill of rights in the Constitution, wrote in explanation of the First Amendment: “I look upon with sovereign reverence this act of all the American people which declared that its legislature should ‘make no law respecting the establishment of a religion, nor forbidding the free exercise thereof’, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.
The Supreme Court has since cited Jefferson’s letter in key cases, according at the Freedom Forum Institute, an advocacy group that works to raise awareness of First Amendment rights. Calls for a separation between church and state intensified in the 1800s as Americans feared the dominance of the Catholic Church in governmental matters.
Green told the Post that members of the generation that founded the United States “saw religious disestablishment as a two-way job: to protect the state from religion and vice versa.” The concept of separate spheres of civil and religious authority dates back to the Middle Ages and the Protestant Reformation, he said.
“In fact, one of the major controversies leading up to the American Revolution involved widespread opposition to efforts to create an Anglican bishop in the American colonies, which the colonists feared would increase the political power of the church and undermine civil liberties,” Green said.
A day after Boebert’s comments, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington state school board discriminated against a former football coach when it fired him. sanctioned for post-match prayers in midfield.
The decision favored the protection of religious faith over concerns about the government’s endorsement of religion.
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Judge Neil M. Gorsuch wrote in the Decision 6 against 3 that the prayers of Bremerton High School assistant coach Joseph Kennedy were protected by constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression and religious exercise.
“Respect for religious expressions is essential to life in a free and diverse Republic – whether those expressions take place in sanctuary or on land,” Gorsuch wrote. “Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a brief, silent, and personal religious practice doubly protected” by the Constitution.
Boebert, an incendiary member of the Republican Party, is challenged by other party candidates in Tuesday’s primary in Colorado.
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Boebert thanked God for the court’s decision and received congregational approval Sunday at the Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt.
“Look what happened this week?” she said to cheers.
“It’s the fruit of your labor, your votes and your prayers – it’s your harvest,” she added.
Without naming him, Boebert also appeared to thank Donald Trump for his presidential role in nominating three conservative justices to the court. “God called a man who was not a politician to run for office, and I believe he was anointed for that position. He answered that call,” she said.
She rallied the faithful to be “bold”, stressing that “there is still work to be done”.
“It’s so vital for the church to come together,” she said.