By Stephen D. Foster Jr. | 14 July 2015
A House Republican from North Carolina openly declared that his main priority while serving in Congress is to push Christianity every day in every policy decision.
During an appearance with other conservative “Christian” loons, such as Arizona Rep. Trent Franks and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, at the “Celebrate America” evangelist gathering in Washington DC, North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger told the crowd that his first priority is to represent Jesus in Congress, not his constituents back at home. He also suggested that anybody in Congress who disagrees with him can’t possibly be a Christian.
“The most important message that needs to be heard in this city is the Gospel and love of Christ,” Pittenger said. “This transforms lives.”
“We’ve seen some court rulings that have unsettled us, causes great pain in our heart for our country. I don’t hold fault with those who believe different than me. They just don’t know my savior. They don’t know the one who loved me and gave himself for me. And that’s my mission. That’s my primary mission as a member of Congress. Yes, to serve my constituents, to serve my region, and my state, and my country — but we’re here as emissaries for Christ.”
Those in attendance were then shocked when Pittenger said that God loves President Obama. You know, because conservatives think that the first African-American president is the anti-Christ just because he doesn’t do what they want him to do.
Pittenger also declared that every piece of legislation and matter of public policy should be written with Christianity front and center.
“The man across the street who lives in that real big white house, God loves him. God is working his heart cause we’re praying for him that he would know the love of Christ. It transforms everything. It transforms everything we do and think and believe. I don’t care what issue that we work on in public policy and legislation, it all comes down to the reality of Christ.”
Here’s the video via Right Wing Watch.
And there you have it. Despite the fact that not every constituent is a Christian and the fact that our Constitution clearly forbids Congress from having a religious bias, this Republican is giving a big middle finger to non-Christians and the Founding Fathers. Religious beliefs should not influence policy, but Republicans like Pittenger are openly admitting that their number one goal is to force Christianity down the throat of every American, which again is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
It’s not surprising, of course. Pittenger took office as a member of the House of Representatives in 2013, the same year that Republicans pushed a bill to declare North Carolina the first Christian state in the nation. The bill served as an effort to nullify federal laws and federal court rulings. After widespread ridicule and outrage, the bill eventually failed. North Carolina is also the state where a right-wing pastor recently started a movement to fly the Christian flag above the US flag in protest of same-sex marriage. The move has been blasted by Fox news and is in violation of the US flag code.
But apparently, no amount of ridicule and condemnation is stopping Republicans from trying to push their delusional and hateful brand of Christianity in Congress. In short, they are using their Bibles to make law instead of the Constitution and they should be thrown out of office for doing so.
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