(CNSNews.com) – U.S. House Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted Monday about some church and state remarks made by fellow Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), suggesting that her comments were like the deadly Taliban in Afghanistan and that we must oppose “the Christian Taliban.”
In response to a Hill article entitled “Boebert says she is ‘tired’ of separation between church and state: ‘The church is supposed to direct the government,’” Kinzinger tweeted, “There is no difference between this and the Taliban. We must opposed[sic] the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian.”
The Hill reported that during a speech over the weekend Boebert said, “I’m 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 they say it does.”
She added, “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.”
Boebert was likely referring to a letter sent by then-President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury Baptist Association, which reads, “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
Kinzinger is a six-term representative who announced in 2021 that he would not seek another reelection. He was one of the 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach President Trump in January 2021.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro replied to Kinzinger, saying, “I can think of a few differences, like the fact that she’s not wearing a burqa and being hit in the face with acid for going to school.”
The Taliban, an extremist Islamist terror group that seized power in Afghanistan by force last summer, has been connected to massacres against Afghan civilians; human sex and labor trafficking; oppression of women (including child marriage and barring females from school and most employment); discrimination and violence against Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians; and violence against aid workers including denial of UN food supplies to starving civilians.
Last month, the Taliban ordered that Afghan women may only leave their homes in “all-encompassing loose clothing that only reveals their eyes – preferably, a burka.”
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