Congressman: ‘You Can’t Separate Church From State’

Wrong: Ignorant Congressman Steve Scalise ignores U.S. Constitution, claims “you can’t separate church from state.”

In a deplorable speech delivered at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, Rep. Steve Scalise rejected the U.S. Constitution and the secular values upon which the nation was founded by insisting that lawmakers can’t leave their “faith at the door,” and that “you can’t separate church from state.”

Scalise said:

This is a nation that was not founded in agnostic views. This was a nation founded with a deep belief in God. Our founding fathers talked about it when they were preparing to draft the Constitution. In fact, Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Constitution. If you go to the Jefferson memorial right now, go read this inscription from Thomas Jefferson:

‘God who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?’

You can’t separate church from state.

Scalise continued:

I’m a Catholic, we have people of all faiths. This idea that you can just check your faith at the door, people would say. When you’re voting on issues how do you separate your faith from the way you vote? Faith is part of who you are. It’s part of who I am, it’s part of what establishes the values that I bring to this job and I would hope that everybody brings a set of values rooted in faith when they’re making consequential decisions that don’t just affect our country but affect the entire world.

It sounds like Scalise is arguing that if you are religious, you are incapable of respecting and following the U.S. Constitution, and thus incapable of honorably fulfilling your duty as a lawmaker.

The good news is that Scalise is wrong. Indeed, many religious people are able to respect and honor the separation of church and state guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution while serving in government. In fact, they do it all the time.

The bad news is that apparently Rep. Scalise is incapable of this fairly simple task. As such, he is not qualified to serve as a lawmaker, and he should resign.

Bottom line: If you can’t do your job as a lawmaker and follow the U.S. Constitution by respecting the separation of church and state, it is time to find a new job.

(H/T Secular Coalition for America)

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