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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Forget Benghazi — have you heard Hillary’s taste in music? Oh, and yogurt is turning children into sinners. It’s “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Jody Hice

HiceThis whole “church-y state-y separation-y” thingy has been a big misunderstanding.

According to Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), God ordained three institutions: family, church, and government. And while Christians don’t have any trouble carving out roles for themselves in the former two, Christian participation in government is lacking, Hice says.

Why won’t more Christians participate in government? Hice says it’s because they have “bought into that false belief” of “so-called separation of church.”

First off, Hice wheels out the dusty saw that the exact phrase “separation of church and state” is not found in the Constitution (it isn’t — but the idea is pretty well enshrined).

Then he proposes that church-state separation rhetoric has somehow tricked Christians into believing that they’re prohibited from public office. The result of their non-participation is widespread corruption and immorality at all levels of government.

Hice’s remarks form a nested doll of nonsense: assumptions based on falsehoods, rubbish compounded upon rubbish. It’s a tough truthiness nut to crack, but let me try to clarify a few things, congressman: church-state separation does exist, it does not mean what you think it means, and furthermore Christians make up a staggering 92 percent of members of Congress.

Via Right Wing Watch

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