In an interview with Erin Burnett, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) educated the CNN host about protections of religious expressions in the Constitution after Burnett tried questioning President Donald Trump’s remarks about worship.
“You’ve heard me say it before on the campaign trail,” Trump recently exclaimed, “and I’ll say it again tonight. In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.”
“Now conservative Bill Kristol, you know him,” Burnett began, “he’s been critical of the president before, but on this he tweets, “In America the president doesn’t tell us who or what or whether to worship.
“Who do you agree with, Bill Kristol or the president who just came out and definitively said in America we worship God?” she questioned.
“How about choice ‘C,’ our founding fathers,” Gowdy replied, “who gave us a First Amendment which is a free exercise right but also a freedom to have no religion if that’s what we want.”
“There is no established religion in this country, that’s why we have an Establishment Clause,” he continued.
“The president is welcome to share his faith, it’s been done by other presidents,” Gowdy explained, “Jimmy Carter did it, John F. Kennedy did it.”
“If President Trump wants to share his faith, more power to him,” he ended, “but our country recognizes all religions including no religion.”
Burnett has previously tried stirring controversy with regard to the president’s endorsement of religion. After Trump prayed alongside Christians and participated in a “laying on of the hands” ceremony, Burnett conveyed concern as if the ritual was out of the ordinary.
First reported by The Blaze.