Michael Flynn Calls For Establishing One National Faith At Right-Wing Religious Conference
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was pardoned by ex-President Donald Trump after he was convicted of lying to the FBI about Trump’s contacts with Russian nationals during the 2016 election, proclaimed over the weekend that the United States should establish one national religion to establish greater “domestic unity.”
Flynn also appeared to suggest that characters in the Bible alluded to the United States, which would not exist for almost another 2,000 years.
“And they were talking about the United States of America, talking about the United States of America, cause when Matthew mentioned it in the Bible, he wasn’t talking about the physical ground he was on. He was talking about something in the distance,” Flynn declared while answering questions at the right-wing “ReAwaken America” religious conference on Saturday. “So if we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God, and one religion under God, right? All of us together, working together.”
Michael Flynn tonight: “If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God, and one religion under God.” pic.twitter.com/ShGVrsQ9hW
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) November 13, 2021
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly forbids the establishment of a state religion.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” it states.
But that has not deterred some conservatives from parroting Flynn’s message. Josh Mandel, the Republican candidate for United States Senate in Ohio, tweeted on Saturday evening that “we stand with General Flynn.”
We stand with General Flynn.
— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) November 14, 2021
Twitter users quickly mocked Mandel’s endorsement of Flynn’s desired theocracy as especially curious because he is of a different faith than Flynn and most of the GOP’s evangelical base.
He's not talking about *your* religion.
— John Regan (@Regan_Smart) November 14, 2021
What religion is going to be the one religion? Islam? Judaism? Hinduism? Or Jehovah's Witnesses which are opposed to Christmas and Easter?
— Jack Rogers (@JackrStL_MO) November 14, 2021
No. No we don't. We stand with the contititution. "Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; "
— Lisa Insana (@Sensitvesoul) November 14, 2021
And with one single tweet, you've just violated your oath of office to defend the Constitution.
— TrickOrTrick (@GibDatCandeh) November 14, 2021
What happened to separation of church and state?
— Elise VdB 🇨🇷 (@elisemalpais) November 14, 2021
Shoot, the Baptists alone have at least 20 or 25 versions. Which particular one gets picked?
— Barbara Roe (@BarbRoe) November 14, 2021
Others had questions.
Flynn: "We have to have one religion"
And what of those who refuse the national religion? Persecution? So much for freedom and liberty. So much for the Constitution.
— Optimist, RationalOhio.com 🇺🇸🗽 (@RationalOhio) November 14, 2021
With his proclamation that the government should violate the Constitution and establish a state religion? Or are you referring back to his calls for a military coup?
— Dsc_01 (@Dsc_01) November 14, 2021
So…whose religion will you force everyone to follow?
And what will you do with the people who don't comply?
— Servelan (fighting fascism is job#1) 🇺🇸 (@Servelan) November 14, 2021