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Amendment I
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.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Today, From Vicky Hartzler (r):

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
On #ReligiousFreedomDay, we are grateful for our God-given rights to worship freely as our Founding Fathers intended.

Recent events have shown how important it is to preserve and protect these cherished freedoms. Coming together starts with our faith in God — not the government.
10:33 AM · Jan 16, 2021

“…Coming together starts with our faith in God — not the government.”

Some of the responses:

“Separation of church and state” was also a tenet the founding fathers believed in.

This is entirely unprofessional and insulting for you to say.
We need political leaders.
Not lap dogs for another organization that doesn’t pay taxes.
You need to resign if you can’t see that.

This is emphatically against the very idea of the US government in which religion – yours, mine, theirs – stays outside the halls of power. For shame.

Maybe you should go to seminary school rather than service in secular government.

Separation of church and state ….Sound familiar?

In case you missed it, Christians are ruining Christianity.

God didn’t give us the right of freedom of religion; our Constitution did. And if you think your religion is more important than our government, maybe you shouldn’t be an elected official.

Reminder, freedom of religion is indeed freedom from religion. Also our founding fathers wanted a secular government genius.

Ignorance runs pretty high on their side.

Did the fairies at the end of your garden tell you this ?

I assume you believe in fairies as well as God ?

Who’s religion? Gov does not belong in religion nor religion in government. The constitution already protects religion. We have seen politicians fail to protect the constitution when it failed to suit their needs. Protect the constitution first. Religious freedom follows

Because theocracies are such beacons of peace and freedom….

Freedom OF religion DOES include freedom FROM religion.

Jefferson stated it well to the Bey of Tripoli: We are not a Christian Nation.

The whole point of Religious Freedom Day is to be able to choose how or if you practice religion, not to push Christianity above other religions. What the actual hell is wrong with your brain?? Separation of Church and State happened for a reason

Umm our founding fathers came here to avoid having everybody under one religion. Maybe ,just a thought, you should try reading the constitution of the United States of America.

There have been recent events where Christianity was prohibited?

Yeah. By Evangelical churches, primarily… They violated the First Commandment and worship 45**

Millions of Americans do not want your religious ideologies anywhere near legislative decisions that affect our lives.

I don’t believe in your God. I also have the freedom the believe that.

Trying to further radicalize your base in the name of God. Smdh. You have no business holding a position in our government if you never learned about separation of church and state.

Would those be the recent events that Vicky helped spur on by casting doubt on Biden’s election win? The events that ended with a cop getting killed? Are those the recent events that we’re talking about?

Because I distinctly remember God saying something about not lying.

You need to re-read the founding documents of our nation because you have missed entirely the critical distinction of the separation between church and state. Your words and deeds are another reason to put Christ back in Christian not just Christmas.

Evangelicals never impose Christianity on themselves. Amirite, Vicky!

Great but January 17 is hereby declared as freedom from religion day.

Your last phrase sounds as if you think we all have to believe in God in order to find goodness and connection with our fellow human beings.
I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way. We don’t live in, nor want, a theocracy.

So you’re praising the founding fathers…while railing against the secular governing system they founded. WTAF. Conflicted much?

Are all your constituents Christian??

Free to resign.

Nope! The constitution is what rules America. And it says a separation of church & state.
Full stop

When will we be enlightened enough to have freedom from religion.

Freedom of religion also means freedom FROM religion.

Keep your “god” to yourself.

What about the freedom to not worship a god(s)? Some of us don’t and still feel unity with our fellow Americans. Coming together is based on our commitment to the ideals of country and Constitution.

Recent events and violence stoked by church leaders within the Christian Nationalist evangelical movement.

To hell with that.

So what you’re saying is that you’re not actually willing to abide by your oath of office?

There’s that.


Who’s god?

This is extremely dangerous rhetoric.

Keep YOUR religion out of my gov’t. Ya know, like the Constitution says

Vicky Hartzler voted against:

Restoring the Voting Rights Act
Providing disaster relief to Puerto Rico
Combating brutality and racial discrimination by police
Expanding ACA
Raising minimum wage to $15

She needs to get out of government so she can spend more time with her faith.

Oh put a sock in it, lady.

You version of Christianity is nothing like mine. In fact, your cult should have no say in our government.

What part of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” do you not understand?

I am tired of hearing about your faith. Jesus this, Jesus that…you invoke his name to justify actions that are craven, down right depraved. And for what? What do you get out of it?

It’s disgusting. If you could feel shame you would.

But you can’t.

You should probably delete this…and resign.

And on and on….