Lauren Boebert says the Church is supposed to run the government
A video of Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert has gone viral as she opposes the separation of church and state.
In a video that has now been viewed 770,000 times on TwitterBoebert argued that the church should advise the government.
Boebert made the comments while addressing a crowd of people Sunday at the Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, according to a report by The Denver post.
She then dismissed the idea that this was not what America’s Founding Fathers wanted.
“The reason we had so many excessive regulations in our country is because the church complied with them,” Boebert said.
“The church is supposed to run the government. The government is not supposed to run the church. That is not how our founding fathers intended.
“And I’m tired of this separation of church and state, it’s not in the Constitution. It was in a stinky letter and it doesn’t mean anything like what they say.”
She then received a round of applause from the congregation.
The letter Boebert is referring to was written by Thomas Jefferson to Danbury Baptists in 1802 where he called for the separation of church and state.
It reads: “I behold with sovereign reverence this act of all the American people who declare that their legislature should make no law respecting the establishment of a religion or in prohibiting the free exercise, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.
Boebert’s comments have been discussed by political and constitutional experts, with one saying the issue of separation is debatable.
Richard Collins, a retired constitutional law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, spoke with The Denver Post and thought about what she said.
“Like so many issues, you can debate it. It’s not completely unassailable and that’s what encourages people like Boebert to deal with it.” However, Collins added that there were legal precedents in the founding documents to reinforce the separation.
Andrew Seidel of Americans United, an organization dedicated to the separation of church and state, dismissed Boebert’s comments and argued against them.
“We’re about to get a very brutal real-world lesson in what it’s like to live in a country that doesn’t have that separation,” he said. The Denver Post.
“It looks like conservative white Christians as the privileged class and everyone else as second-class citizens.”
Newsweek contacted Boebert for comment.
During his interview with the congregation, Boebert also said that Donald Trump was chosen by God to be President of the United States.
She then congratulated the former president and gave him credit for the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn the landmark abortion ruling, Roe v. Wade.
“Glory to God. Think about it, 49 years of Roe vs. Wade63 million children lost,” Boebert told the small crowd.
“And because God called a man who was not a politician to run for office, and I believe he was anointed for that position.
“He answered that call despite what other people were saying, despite all the negatives they were listening to and saying how unqualified he was, he said, ‘I think I can do something good. for this nation. And three Supreme Court justices have been appointed,” Boebert added.
“And now, five years from today, we can look back and see children running around and laughing with smiles on their faces, going to school, children who wouldn’t have had the opportunity to live.”