Theocracy Alert: Conservative Christian Republicans committed to the false notion that the U.S. is a nation founded by and for Christians are quietly working behind the scenes to establish Christianity as the official religion of the U.S.A.
Right Wing Watch reports the Republican National Committee continues to partner with the American Renewal Project, which is run by Christian Nationalist and anti-gay extremist David Lane and is affiliated with the powerful and influential far-right American Family Association.
In an email alert sent to American Renewal Project supporters earlier this week, Lane reiterated the call to establish Christianity as the official religion of America:
The American church has lost its commission in the public square, its purpose for being. Ultimately, unless we find the chart and compass used by Colonial America to establish Christianity as the official religion of America, America will no longer be.
In the email alert, Lane uses a great deal of false and misleading information to argue that the U.S. is a Christian nation and that Christianity should be adopted as the “official religion of America.”
In the alert, Lane rails against secularism and secularists, apparently unaware or unwilling to admit that the U.S. is a nation founded upon secular values.
However, Lane’s inaccurate and misleading remarks are not surprising, given his sordid history. Lane is notorious for making offensive, misleading, and historically inaccurate statements. For example:
“The separation of church and state is a “lie” and a “fabricated whopper” used to stop “Christian America – the moral majority – from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media.” [6/6/13]
“We were established as a Christian nation, for the advancement of the Christian faith.” [1/30/15]
“Vote to restore the Bible and prayer in public schools or be sent home. Hanging political scalps on the wall is the only love language politicians can hear.” [7/17/13]“While America was a Christian nation since its founding, now it must choose between being a Christian nation or a pagan nation.” [7/17/13]
The problem is that David Lane is an influential man within the Republican party, a man who enjoys a great deal of support from many GOP officials. Earlier this year, members of the Republican National Committee went on an all-expense paid trip to Israel, a trip that was organized by Lane and financed by the American Family Association.
As Right Wing Watch notes, Republicans who attend Lane’s candidate forums, invite him to conduct trainings, or join him on all-expenses-paid trips to Israel, can’t really claim ignorance of his agenda, which is crystal clear:
Lane, with the financial and political support of many other conservative Christian Republicans, is quietly working behind the scenes to establish Christianity as the official religion of the U.S.A.
(H/T Right Wing Watch)