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Kinzinger Dubs Boebert ‘Christian Taliban’ For Her Remarks On Separation Of Church And State

Since he’s already decided he isn’t running for reelection, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is burning the proverbial boats and going after members of his party he believes are a cancer on the GOP and the nation.

For example, Kinzinger (along with Liz Cheney) was brave enough to accept an invitation and serve on the January 6 House Select Committee where he is doing a great job as a member of that panel.

And now the Illinois Republican is pushing back on remarks made by Rep. Lauren Boebert, who had this to say during a speech she made at Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colorado:

“The reason we had so many overreaching regulations in our nation is because the church complied. 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. And 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 what they say it does.”

As HuffPost notes, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is clear:

The First Amendment, from 1791, states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

This is widely held to mean that church and state should be separate. Amid a spate of recent Supreme Court rulings, though, critics charge that the conservative-dominated court is dismantling that separation and eroding laws intended to prevent the government from pushing any particular faith.

That led Kinzinger to label Boebert a member of what he called the “Christian Taliban.”

“There is no difference between this and the Taliban. We must [oppose] the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian.”

Others also clapped back at Boebert, and their comments were on-point. Take a look:

Yes! Can we please ship Lauren Boebert to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, or Iran? And make sure it’s a one-way ticket. We don’t want her back.

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Lauren Boebert: ‘The Church Is Supposed To Direct The Government’

According to Colorado Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, the Founding Fathers considered the concept of separation of church and state to be “junk” and wanted the church to directly control what the government does in the United States.

Clearly, Ms. Boebert has never read or understood the Constitution.

Speaking to a group of parishioners at Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colorado, Boebert let loose with a rant in which she called for churches and religious leaders to be the guiding force in the U.S.:

“The reason we had so many overreaching regulations in our nation is because the church complied. 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. And 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 what they say it does.”

The “stinking letter” that Boebert referenced was written by Thomas Jefferson, and he made it clear that church and state should always remain separate, noting:

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.

Oh, and let’s not forget James Madison, who wrote most of the Constitution and was so adamant church and state should be kept apart that he didn’t even want congressional chaplains, writing:

The Constitution of the U.S. forbids every thing like an establishment of a national religion. The law appointing Chaplains establishes a religious worship for the national representatives, to be performed by Ministers of religion, elected by a majority of them; and these are to be paid out of the national taxes.

The United States is NOT a Christian nation, and that’s exactly the way it’s supposed to be. If Lauren Boebert and her ilk want to live in a theocracy, they need to pack up their shit and move to Iran or Saudi Arabia.

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GOP Congresswoman Thanks Trump For SCOTUS Ruling: ‘Historic Victory For White Life’

During a “Save America Rally” in Mendon, Illinois on Saturday, Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) said the quiet part out loud as she praised failed, one-term former president Donald Trump for appointing three right-wing activist justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who voted Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, making abortion illegal in eleven states, with more expected to follow suit.

According to Mediaite, Miller was introduced by Trump, who declared the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to be a “victory for the constitution,” “victory for the rule of law,” and “victory for life.”

When Miller stepped to the microphone, that’s when the controversy began:

“Thank you so much President Trump,” began Miller. “I am so honored to have your endorsement.”

The Congresswoman proceeded to thank Trump specifically on “behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America” for the Supreme Court decision, but then she said something that has the whole internet and political world in shock.

It sounds like she thanks him for the “historic victory for white life,” and that’s how people are sharing the quote.

That was all it took for video of Miller’s comments to go full viral on social media, where many commenters noted that the congresswoman had revealed the real agenda of the so-called “pro-life” crowd: To have more white babies born so that Caucasians don’t become a minority in the United States.

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Boebert Facing Eviction From Her Colorado Gun-Themed Restaurant

Even if she does manage to win a second term in Congress, it appears that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) won’t be able to forestall the closing of her restaurant, Shooters Grill, which is facing eviction at the end of August, though it could also be much sooner than that.

The Daily Beast reports:

Boebert told The Daily Beast that she and her husband, Jayson Boebert, had been surprised to receive the notice last week announcing that their lease would not be renewed. The building’s ownership changed hands last month, she said, and now Shooters would either have to find new digs or shut down for good.

But the day after that notice arrived, an anti-Boebert political group somehow got word that the timeline was even tighter than that—two weeks, the group said, putting the possible ouster just days before Republicans hit the polls for primary day.

Her employees hadn’t heard that yet, so Boebert scrambled to quash that rumor, which she characterized to The Daily Beast as rank misinformation. Still, the truth stood: The restaurant she and her husband founded eight years ago was on the brink of closing.

Shooters Grill is an essential part of the “success” story Boebert has sold to voters, asserting that she rose from nothing and managed to become a successful business owner with hard work and a belief in the American dream.

The facts, however, suggest that Boebert’s definition of success isn’t exactly in line with reality.

A recent report from Mother Jones revealed that Shooters is already on the verge of collapsing financially:

Employees tell me they believed that Boebert’s husband, who works as a consultant in the oil and gas industry, was keeping the company afloat. “There were times when we were waiting for him to get his check, so that way she could get us our check,” one former employee says. According to Boyington, “He’s the one who paid the rent, all the bills, everything.”

And yet Boebert insists the restaurant is doing fine financially:

“Does a restaurant ever turn a profit? No, we’re doing fine. We’re not in the red, we’re—we’re in the black, so it’s a lot better than last year.”

As with nearly everything Boebert says, it’s almost impossible to separate the truth from the mountain of bullshit that surrounds it.

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January 6 Rally Organizer Dumps Trump – Calls Him ‘Disconnected From The Base’

Amy Kremer is the chair of Women for America First and was also a key organizer of the January 6, 2021 rally that resulted in the storming of the Capitol by thousands of pro-Trump supporters, but she says she’s had enough of the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump because he’s “disconnected from the base” that one supported him.

Kremer made her remarks shortly after Rep. Mo Brooks (AL) was defeated by a Trump-endorsed candidate, Katie Britt, in Tuesday’s Alabama GOP primary:

“Donald Trump is disconnected from the base,” said Kremer, who was an early supporter of Trump and prior to that, a leading activist in the tea party movement. “I don’t know what has happened there. I think he’s getting bad advice from the people around him, and I think it’s unfortunate, but it’s time for those of us in the movement to get back to basics, back to our first principles.”

“We were here long before President Trump came along, and we’re going to be here long afterward,” Kremer said.

Trump-supported candidates have been losing across the country, a clear sign that the ex-president’s hold in the GOP is waning. And with the House Select Committee continuing to lay out evidence of Trump’s crimes in connection with trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election, he’s also facing further humiliation and potential legal jeopardy.

Politico notes that Trump has seen the party start to slip away from him, with Republicans going against the candidates he endorses more often than would have been the case even a year ago:

Such a split among conservative leaders who typically kowtow to Trump – but have been willing to speak out against his endorsed candidate – has been a recurring phenomenon in this year’s Republican primaries. Longtime Trump allies found themselves opposing the former president in primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania last month, bitter races that resulted in some Trump loyalists arguing that he was wrong in his endorsements of J.D. Vance in Ohio and Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania.