Bill from Louie Gohmert is Literally the Opposite of Church-State Separation

Oh, Gohmert.

Perhaps the most shamelessly dopey Member of Congress, Republican Louie Gohmert of Texas, doesn’t think it’s bad enough that the U.S. Capitol has been (ab)used several times over history as a stand-in for a Christian church. No, he’d actually like to see the government honor the fact. Like, as though we should be proud of it!

Here’s the summary for Gohmert’s HR 1586:

To direct the Architect of the Capitol to acquire and place a historical plaque to be permanently displayed in National Statuary Hall recognizing the seven decades of Christian church services being held in the Capitol from 1800 to 1868, which included attendees James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

So to be clear, it’s not about how religion in general has been honored in the Capitol, and it’s not even just about vaguely honoring Christianity as some kind of “foundation” for the country. This bill wants a plaque that honors that fact that the Capitol was used as a church. It is a bill that honors the literal opposite of church-state separation.

I mean, look at the bill’s title: “Congressional Hope for Uniform Recognition of Christian Heritage of 2013.” That’s right, it’s the freaking CHURCH Act!!!

The bill also mandates that there be an unveiling ceremony and that the plaque remain forever.

My favorite part?

Any amounts obligated or expended by the Architect of the Capitol to carry out this Act shall be derived from funds available to the Architect as of the date of the enactment of this Act.

I mean, come on, we’re in a sequester here. We’re not going to go and spend extra money on plaques. That’d be crazy.

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  • WallofSleep

    Yeah. The GOP is all about campaigning on jobs, low taxes, spending cuts, smaller gov’t, and economic growth. Once in office, they flip the switch and it becomes all about abortion, contraception, gays, and Jesus. How people like Gohmert keep getting elected is beyond me.

  • baal

    Has anyone ever seen Gohmert say something worth reading or hearing?

  • SphericalBunny

    Never trust a Ferengi.

  • ElNerdoLoco

    I have this theory that Gohmert is not really a politician. He is a performance artist and his whole political career is parody. And the people of his district do not support his politics so much as want to see how far he will take his act. This helps me sleep easier.

  • observer

    “I mean, come on, we’re in a sequester here. We’re not going to go and spend extra money on plaques. That’d be crazy.”

    Well yeah, what do YOU suggest we use the money for? feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked? Stuff that this so called “liberal Jesus” would do?

  • observer

    To be fair, they did lower taxes…for the rich. And they always demand small gov’t…enough to fit in your bedroom.

  • SeekerLancer

    Gasp! You just uncovered the conspiracy behind the church’s lust for profit!

  • Slade Foster

    Oh my god – SphericalBunny for the win.

  • Randomfactor
  • SteveS

    This guy is the male version of Michele Bachman. He does not have a single independent thought of his own – just what his keepers and the mind viruses tell him. I honestly do not believe he could find the seat of his pants with both hands!

  • Valancy Jane

    I see the Republicans are continuing to pursue their laserlike focus on the economy.

  • Ders

    How can we be sure this is religiously motivated? Maybe there are geopolitical factors. Maybe this is about responding to atheist hostilities. We shouldn’t jump to conclusions. /s

  • DougI

    Gohmert is quite possibly one of the dumbest people in the House. He can’t go a week without saying something utterly stupid.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Of course they’re going to spend extra money on plaques.

    Spending money on actually helping the country is against the GOP. Forcing God on everyone? That’s their entire platform!

  • Rain

    Someone has to stand up to the experts and then sit back down and then stand up for Jesus and then stand up to the experts again, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to play fundamentalist musical chairs! Someone has to stand up to their fundamentalist musical chairs! Take a stand people!

  • Rain

    Only bald people though!

  • liu

    I feel this way about a lot of politicians.

  • Corey

    Lynching is sometimes warranted

  • Sandy Kokch

    “How people like Gohmert keep getting elected is beyond me.”

    Maybe you should watch the classic film A FACE IN THE CROWD, or the more recent ALL THE KINGS MEN

    most revealing

    I could post any of the following re voting in the USA

  • Sandy Kokch

    Every insane wibble that dribbles from his pie hole is worth reading or hearing

    They are political comedy at their finest for us Brits….and reinforce the cultural cliches our satire shows rely on.

  • Tor

    I’m bothered that the Capitol rotunda is filled with Christian iconography. Unfortunately, they are “historic” and will probably have to stay.

  • Rich Wilson

    Thanks. My initial thought was WDCRS?