- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2022

Rep. Lauren Boebert said a few days ago that she was “tired of this separation of church and state junk.” Rep. Adam Kinzinger responded by likening Boebert’s remark to one from the “Christian Taliban.”

This is a manufactured lie from the left and now, RINO-ey Kinzinger, that ultimately, egregiously and stupidly skews America’s history. 

Boebert, at the Sunday service of Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colorado, said, “The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church. That is not how our Founding Fathers intended it.”

She also said, “I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution. It was in a stinking letter and it means nothing like what they say it does.”

Predictably, the leftists in the media pounced.

“Gwen Calais-Haase, a Harvard political scientist, told the Washington Post that Boebert’s claim was ‘false, misleading and dangerous,’ and said she was ‘extremely worried about the environment of misinformation that extremist politicians take advantage of for their own gains,’” The Guardian reported.

And from Salon — this: “Her speech falls in line with an overall push from the Republican Party, most notably by the conservative-dominated Supreme Court, to chip away at the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.”

But these are lies of the left.

The Founding Fathers did indeed believe that this nation could only maintain its limited government nature so long as the people were moral and virtuous. Moreover, the Founding Fathers took their own moral compasses from the Bible and Judeo-Christian teachings; as did state governments that were formed in line with Ten Commandments’ teachings and Christian principles.

As a matter of fact — as a matter of Library of Congress fact — the “New England colonies, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland were conceived and established as ‘plantations of religion.’ … Even colonies like Virginia, which were planned as commercial ventures, were led by entrepreneurs who considered themselves ‘militant Protestants’ and who worked diligently to promote the prosperity of the church.”

Kinzinger would have called them the Taliban.

But America’s history is that the separation of church and state the left tries to spin to mean total absence of religion in politics is a lie. Founders didn’t want government to establish a church or religion to rule. But founders did recognize the crucial link between religion and liberty and guess what, “the country was more than 99 percent Protestant” at America’s beginning, as the National Constitution Center wrote.

Or, as Kinzinger might say, Taliban.

“There is no difference between this and the Taliban,” he tweeted, in reaction to Boebert’s remarks. “We must oppose the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian.”

It’s not Christian Taliban to talk about America’s founding, about America’s Constitution and about the web of lies the left has concocted to portray America as a purely secular nation from its start and through present day.

The so-called separation of church and state is not in the Constitution — as Boebert rightly claimed.

The Founding Fathers believed in a government led by moral, virtuous people who were constrained by a higher authority and who could therefore self-govern — as Boebert rightly implied.

Framers also believed that rights were granted each and every individual at birth, by God, and that government was only there to preserve and protect those God-given rights — meaning, that the church community played a crucial role in keeping politicians in check and government in its proper role of humble service. The logic? You can’t have God-given rights if you remove “God.” 

Again, this is as Boebert implied.

Then came the media.

Then came the atheists.

Then came the Democrats.

Then came the Republicans In Name Only, like Kinzinger.

And suddenly, such views are radical? 

Boebert’s message, slammed as radical by the left, actually only advanced truths about this country the left would like forgotten — namely, that citizens are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and that government’s proper role is to protect those rights.

That’s not Christian Taliban.

That’s American Exceptionalism.

And for those who don’t like the concept — the border doors swing both ways.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter and podcast by clicking HERE. Her latest book, “Lockdown: The Socialist Plan To Take Away Your Freedom,” is available by clicking HERE  or clicking HERE or CLICKING HERE.

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