Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) had to give CNN’s Erin Burnett a lesson on Christianity in America in an interview Wednesday evening.
Burnett was trying to make an issue over President Trump’s frequent statements, including most recently at a rally in Ohio, when Gowdy said, “In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.”
Burnett referenced a recent tweet by The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who is a conservative but has been critical of President Trump. Kristol had pushed back on Trump’s statement about worshipping God, tweeting, “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?” Burnett demanded of Gowdy.
Gowdy shot back, “How about choice ‘C,’ our founding fathers, 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. The president is welcome to share his faith, it’s been done by other presidents,” Gowdy continued, citing Jimmy Carter and John F. Kennedy as examples. Ronald Reagan is another example.
“If President Trump wants to share his faith, more power to him, but our country recognizes all religions including no religion,” Gowdy told Burnett.
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) July 27, 2017
In America the president doesn’t tell us who or what or whether to worship. https://t.co/DTghwUpqAg
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 26, 2017
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