Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) says she is “tired” of the long-standing separation of church and state in the US, adding that she believes “the church is supposed to run government.”
In a Sunday address at the Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colo.ahead of her primaries on Tuesday, Boebert argued that “government is not supposed to run the church,” falsely claiming that separating religion from the system of government was not what the Founding Fathers intended.
“I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk – it’s not in the Constitution. It was in a stinky letter and it doesn’t mean anything like they say it is,” Boebert said to the applause of the audience.
Boebert faces a primary GOP challenge from state senator Don Coram in Colorado’s 3rd district, but has far outperformed her opponent in the campaign and is expected to prevail Tuesday. according to election observer FiveThirtyEight†
The concept of separation between church and state is derived from the establishment clause in the Bill of Rights, which says, “Congress shall not legislate regarding an establishment of religion.”
Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island, was the first to decipher the clause as “a wall or hedge of separation” between the “wilderness of the world” and “the garden of the church”.
In 1802, then-President Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, writing that the American public had built “a wall of separation between church and state.”
States have long adhered to the principle since Jefferson’s letter. The Supreme Court applied the clause to 14th Amendment states and has used the doctrine to maintain such a wall.
However, the current Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority, has recently been increasingly ruling in support of religion in public spaces.
The Supreme Court this month overturned a Maine policy that banned religious schools from receiving taxpayer-funded tuition and decided in favor of a football coach in Washington State who prayed at the 50-yard line after public school games.
conservative judges also ruled in May the city of boston has violated the constitution by rejecting a request from a religious organization to fly its flag on City Hall.
Following the Maine ruling, Liberal Judge Sonia Sotomayor said the court “continues to dismantle the church-state separation wall that the Framers have fought to build.”
“In just a few years, the Court has turned constitutional doctrine on its head,” the judge wrote in her dissenting opinion.
Boebert, who has sparked controversy since winning the 2020 election as a far-right conservative with tough views on abortion, guns and immigration, instead argued that the church has become subject to government.
“The reason we had so many rules that were too far-reaching is because the church followed them,” she said. “The church is supposed to run the government. The government is not supposed to run the church. That’s not how our Founding Fathers intended it.”