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Gohmert Grills Pastor’s Faith on House Floor, Demands Non-Christians are Going to Hell

On Tuesday, Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert made it clear – America is a Christian nation and non-Christians are going to Hell.

During a House Judiciary Meeting on religious freedom, Gohmert grilled Rev. Barry Lynn, the executive director for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, about the ‘real’ meaning of being Christian in America.

He began by telling Lynn – who was awarded a prize for his work in separation of church and state by the Roosevelt Institute – that the founding fathers, including Roosevelt, regularly intertwined public policy and their faith.

The Congressman then got personal, challenging the ordained minister on the meaning of his own faith, and asking him if he understood that being a Christian meant being an evangelist and spreading the Good News.

“Do you believe in sharing the good news that will keep people from going to Hell, consistent with Christian beliefs?” the Texas Republican wondered, seemingly forgetting that the topic of the day was religious freedom not ‘Christianity as Gohmert sees it’.

When Lynn answered that he had a different view of salvation and Hell than Gohmert, the Texas House member continued to pry into Lynn’s personal faith and demanded, “So, you do not believe somebody would go to Hell if they do not believe Jesus is the way, the truth, the life?”

Lynn’s answer that he did not believe that people’s belief in a “set of ideas” would damn them for all eternity next sent Gohmert into a tirade about Christianity on the taxpayer’s time.

“No, not a set of ideas. Either you believe as a Christian that Jesus is the way, the truth, or life or you don’t,” the outraged Congressman said, turning the House floor into an inquisition on ‘right’ faith. “And there’s nothing wrong in our country with that — there’s no crime, there’s no shame.”

After Lynn tried to get the topic back to the separation of church and state, Gohmert again erupted, ignoring the policy issues and choosing to attack the pastor for his personal faith while ironically demanding he was there because, as a Congressman, freedom of religion was so important to him.

“So, the Christian belief as you see it is whatever you choose to think about Christ, whether or not you believe those words he said that nobody basically ‘goes to heaven except through me,’” Gohmert shot back at Lynn, who was present at the House meeting to testify on the separation of church and state, not his own personal Christology as compared to Gohmert’s.

 

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  • diablodejalisco

    this man should not be in congress. does he not know america is made up of all religions and people have freedom of religion by the constitution? dump this very miserable man.

    • I_B_ME

      We have tried, but the system has been rigged by the very people we have trusted, they are called CONservatives for a reason

  • Thomas W. Yale

    Unless the U.S. has instituted a state religion, and so far the principle of freedom of religion is still intact, there is no basis by which to declare that the U.S. is a Christian nation.

  • Thomas W. Yale

    Quote by user marschif on the YouTube page in which the video was uploaded. Very cogent:

    “Gohmert represents everything that is wrong with our country today. He firmly believes that his personal religious freedom is under attack because he cannot freely impose his beliefs on everyone else. In his mind, ‘religious freedom’ means the freedom for Christians, and for Christians ONLY, to run this country as they see fit.

    “Not only does he display complete ignorance of the Constitution, and of the concept of religious diversity as part of the American ideal, but he IS a display of what kind of moron can be elected by constituents who are supposedly educated. If he is not the stupidest member of congress, then he surely is a contender for the top spot.”

  • Dennis Haney

    The new McCarthyism.

  • whatcom_bassist

    What a self-righteous clueless hillbilly. Texas, you must be so proud.

    • Antonio K. Taylor

      Considering the kind of people who get elected to office in Texas, they just might be proud. Damn shame too. And when you think that people actually voted him into office, Texas doesn’t come off looking too good.

  • Helivet

    I would not intentionally be in contempt of Congress, but in contempt of Gohmert is another issue.

  • Facebook User

    Louie must be sleeping with his mother again. As someone with a college degree in Theology and Religion, it is always embarrassing and disgusting to see a pathetic waste of skin like Gohmert open his big mouth and pervert the Christian religion and the US Constitution. Of course, anytime these tea billies, right wing extremists and tea baggers say anything, they make the entire religion of Christianity look bad. It is doubtful that any of them are actually Christians. Whether it is this loser Gohmert or Michelle Bachman or the guys from Duck Dynasty, they are all living, walking proof that it is possible claim to be Christian and be anti-Christian. Scripture is pretty clear about how to spot real Christians…..”by their fruits you will know them”. There is a commonality among all these people and their respective extremist groups. Their fruits are not that of the Holy Spirit. Not to make a sermon out of this but….true Christian believers do not conduct themselves like Gohmert, Bachman, Republicans, many Evangelicals and Tea Billies. True Christians do not lie, deceive, pervert truth, hate, twist perceptions or conduct themselves in such self serving ways. True Christians would find such conduct to be very repulsive and would immediately admonish such evil conduct. However, Gohmert, Bachman, Republicans, Right Wing Extremists and Tea Billies conduct themselves this way on a daily, moment by moment basis. These are not Christians. These are simply self servants who made their way into positions of public service and they represent a very dark and evil part of American Society. They represent the lowest common denominator of a classic statement….”In a democracy, people get the government they deserve”, These hate groups that want to perpetuate the lie that separation of church and state is some left wing conspiracy love to wear stupidity like a badge of honor. And those who vote for such human garbage really should be ashamed of themselves. But…dumbed down and ignorant is the way Republican politicians like their voters. That is why they speak to voters using the language of 8th graders. And these hate mongers like Gohmert represent an evil seed that was cultivated within the Republican Party and Evangelical groups starting back in the 1980’s. They are the Christo-Taliban movement within this nation. And hate, ignorance, lies and stupidity are what they feed on and feed to each other. These people are more Satanic then they will ever realize.

    • duckfaceantonacio

      I agree that not all Christians may be bad, but I disagree with you when you say these people don’t represent true Christians. You create yet another problem: how can a person who isn’t Christian judge who is a bad Christian and who is a Good Christian, or are you the only judge of that? Tell me why almost every Christian person who appears on a news broadcast uses that international platform to denounce gays and abortions.

      Simply put, we are running out of evidence that proves Good Christians outnumber these bad Christians you speak of. Perception is reality. If all we see is hatred coming from the mouths of religious leaders and Christians, we have no choice but to conclude Christianity is a fraud and a scam and a hate group.

      Haven’t you ever felt it is time to throw the baby out with the bathwater? You don’t ever allow your children to be alone with Priests, do you?