Lauren Boebert complains that she is “tired of this junk separation of church and state”


Far-right politician Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., won her primary by nearly 30 points Tuesday night after calling for an end to the separation of church and state. Boebert, who has been a strong supporter of the right-wing conspiracy group QAnon, gave a speech at the Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colorado, saying Sunday that the constitution does not support a government free from Christian influence.

Instead, Boebert called the opposite. “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,” she said.

Boebert has built his political career taking hardline positions on national issues beginning with his surprising defeat of five-time incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., in 2020. In his first term as a congressman, Boebert has introduced a bill to abolish the US Department of Education. Earlier this year, Boebert made national headlines when she and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., repeatedly heckled President Joe Biden during his State of the Union address.

Making national news again, the video of Boebert’s speech went viral, having been shared on Twitter more than 770,000 times.

His speech is part of a general push by the Republican Party, including the conservative-dominated Supreme Court, to undermine the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

“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 they say,” Boebert said in his speech on Sunday.

While many cite the Constitution’s First Amendment that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” as grounds for separation of church and state, Boebert is one of the group of right-wing individuals who contest this interpretation.

The letter Boebert is referring to is a private note written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut in 1802 in which he states that “religion is a matter which is solely between a man and his God” and that the American people chose to build a “wall of separation between church and state”.

Consistent with Boebert’s understanding of the unconstitutional origins of church-state separation, the Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that Maine cannot prohibit religion-affiliated schools from participating in a taxpayer-funded tuition program.

In May, the Supreme Court again ruled in favor of the church, declaring that the Boston City Council had acted unconstitutionally in prohibiting a Christian organization from hanging its flag at City Hall.

And while Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Friday did not cite religion as the reason for the verdict, many conservatives attribute their anti-abortion political beliefs to the Bible. Referring to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, Boebert applauded Church members for their fight against abortion. “Look at what’s happened this week. It’s the fruit of your labor, your votes and your prayers – it’s your harvest,” she said.


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