The extremist 科罗拉多州 Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert won her primary on Tuesday night, shortly after attacking the separation of church and state under the US constitution.
“I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk,“ 她说.
A dedicated controversialist first elected in 2020, backed by Donald Trump and described by NBC News as a “Maga lightning rod”, Boebert convincingly beat Don Coram, a state senator, for the nomination to contest the midterm elections.
At one event recently Coram, 74, told voters: “My politics are very similar to my driving. To the chagrin of both my wife and my Republican colleagues, I tend to crowd the center line and sometimes I veer over a bit.”
In contrast, Boebert has heckled Joe Biden during the state of the union address; made racist attacks on Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota; vowed to carry a gun onto the House floor; and voted to object to results in key states in the 2020 总统选举.
Boebert beat Coram 经过 31 但特朗普正在玩一场高风险的游戏，他的候选人在佐治亚州 5 月的初选中取得成功还远未得到保证.
接手四个月后, two days before the primary and in comments first reported by the Denver Post, Boebert told a religious service: “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.”
The first amendment to the US constitution, 从 1791, 说: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
This is widely held to mean church and state should be separate. Critics charge that the US supreme court is now among rightwing bodies which dispute that.
金融机构的做法和期望与现在大不相同”, the conservative-dominated court has ruled that Maine 不能 exclude religious schools from a tuition programme and ruled in favour of a public school football coach who lost his job for leading prayers on the field.
In the Maine case, the liberal justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote: “This court continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the framers fought to build.”
Boebert, 然而, said she was “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”.
The “stinking letter” seemed to be one written by Thomas Jefferson to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut in 1802.
The third president referred to the constitution establishing “a wall of separation between church and state”. His words have been mentioned in supreme court rulings.
Gwen Calais-Haase, a Harvard political scientist, 告诉华盛顿邮报 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 supreme court has also recently ruled on abortion, overturning the long established right in a ruling last week.
At the service on Sunday, Boebert said: “Look at what happened this week. This is the fruit of your labor, of your votes and of your prayers – this is your harvest.”