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People for the American Way have a video excerpt up from a right wingnut documentary. Apparently the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is secular or something:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) appeared in a Coral Ridge Ministries documentary about the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, which they claim is covertly trying to weed faith out of public life. Coral Ridge Ministries is one of the leading proponents of Christian Reconstructionism and frequently makes documentaries about creeping socialism and the dangers of Obama’s presidency. Akin, who recently declared that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God,” argued that the Center’s lack of religious content shows that it “will snuff out the light of freedom,” while DeMint argued that “secularization is a forerunner of socialization” and will destroy freedom.

Representative Todd Akin (r): They will snuff out the light of freedom if they are allowed to continue in this political correctness [cliche ominous background music] and rewriting the history of America.

Senator Jim DeMint (r): So we’re fighting a, a battle here against those who want to secularize our country. And it’s important to the political process because secularization is, is the forerunner of socialization. And we’ve seen that in Europe and all around the world. And I don’t believe we can maintain a free country unless we maintain a country that’s built on the principles of faith.

What it is it with right wingnuts? They just throw crazy shit against the wall in the hope that rubes will send them money? It must be a living. They don’t read, that’s for certain:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion….

And being from Missouri you’d think Representative Akin would be familiar with the state’s Constitution:

Missouri Constitution

Article I


Section 7

Public aid for religious purposes–preferences and discriminations on religious grounds.

Section 7. That no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion, or in aid of any priest, preacher, minister or teacher thereof, as such; and that no preference shall be given to nor any discrimination made against any church, sect or creed of religion, or any form of religious faith or worship.

Article IX


Section 8

Prohibition of public aid for religious purposes and institutions.

Section 8. Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other municipal corporation, shall ever make an appropriation or pay from any public fund whatever, anything in aid of any religious creed, church or sectarian purpose, or to help to support or sustain any private or public school, academy, seminary, college, university, or other institution of learning controlled by any religious creed, church or sectarian denomination whatever; nor shall any grant or donation of personal property or real estate ever be made by the state, or any county, city, town, or other municipal corporation, for any religious creed, church, or sectarian purpose whatever.

Evidently not.