In a breathtaking display of ignorance, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claims that the constitutional separation between church and state is meant to be a “one-way wall” where the “church plays a role in the state.”
In a recent promotion for a World Net Daily sponsored Christian TV event called “Washington: A Man of Prayer,” Gohmert demonstrated an astonish lack of knowledge about the constitution he has sworn to uphold.
Discussing Thomas Jefferson, Gohmert made the following absurd claim:
“(Separation of church and state) was to be a one-way wall, where the state would not dictate to the church. But the church would certainly play a role in the state. So, that’s a little different idea than a lot of people have about separation of church and state now. Including some of our esteemed Supreme Court, who are not quite as familiar with our history as they probably should be.”
By attempting to rewrite American history by making false claim like the United States is a Christian nation or that the separation between church and state actually means the church should play a role in the state, Gohmert and Christian extremists like him disgrace the memory of Jefferson, and threaten the very freedoms Jefferson cherished.
As for Jefferson, let the man speak for himself. The following is an excerpt from Jefferson’s famous Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association:
Note: the phrase “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” means the church plays no role in the state, the exact opposite of Gohmert’s claim.
I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
Gohmert is at once both a silly clown and a pernicious voice for Christian extremists determined to destroy the secular values upon which this nation was founded upon.
Mistaking theocracy for democracy, Gohmert is a confused and dangerous individual. The fact that this ignorant little man serves as an elected representative to the U.S. House of Representatives should be abhorrent to any and all reasonable people.
Watch the video (if you can stomach the obnoxious nonsense) from World Net Daily, broadcast March 31, 2014.