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Gohmert: Separation of church & state means 'church plays a role in the state'

In a March 31, 2014 promotion for a TV event called "Washington – A Man of Prayer," Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claims that the constitutional separation between church and state was meant to be a "one-way wall" where the "church plays a role in the state."

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
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Gohmert points out that the U.S. House of Representatives once met in what is now known as National Statuary Hall, and that President Thomas Jefferson, who coined the phrase "separation of church and state," had attended church services.

"But it was to be a one-way wall, where the state would not dictate to the church," Gohmert insists. "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," he added. "Including some of our esteemed Supreme Court, who are not quite as familiar with our history as they probably should be."

All this suffices to demonstrate is that Louie Gohmert cannot tell the difference between believing in God and believing in an American theocracy.

The Founding Fathers were indeed spiritual, but they also had the foresight to recognize organized religion's easy susceptibility to corruption and to ensure that religion and government had nothing to do with each other.

Gohmert's "one-way wall" is nothing but another sick fantasy of the American Taliban.

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