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Lauren Boebert Under Fire for Saying ‘I’m Tired of This Separation of Church and State Junk’

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U.S. Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert speaking with attendees at the 2020 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has come under fire for saying she is “tired of all this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution.” Boebert made her comments, which have gone viral, at Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colorado, on Sunday, June 26.

“The church is supposed to direct the government,” said Boebert, who represents Colorado’s Third Congressional District. “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.”

Lauren Boebert on Church and State

Rep. Lauren Boebert, who is squaring off against Rep. Don Coram in a primary election Tuesday, June 28, is a controversial figure. Last year, she made headlines when she compared her colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar to a terrorist.

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Earlier this month, Boebert drew criticism for joking that she prays that President Biden’s days will “be few” and that another will “take his office,” referencing Psalm 109

Now, some are taking Boebert’s remarks on the separation of church and state as an overt call for a theocracy. The letter to which Boebert alluded was written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association. In the letter, Jefferson addressed the group’s concerns about religious liberty, saying: 

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.