Dear Representative Boebert:

I read your talk at the Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colorado on June 26e. You are quoted as saying, “The church is supposed to run the government. The government is not supposed to run the church. This is not how our founding fathers understood it. You are reported to have gone on to say that you are “tired” of the separation of church and state in America, and that the long-standing concept stems from a “stinking letter” from Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury [Connecticut] Baptist Association. In his private letter to the association, Jefferson writes that “religion is a matter which stands only between man and his God” and that the American people have chosen to build a “wall of separation between the Church and the ‘State”.

Since you touched on this subject in your speech, I give you the benefit of the doubt that you have read and studied the Constitution and in particular its First Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion , or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” which is historically interpreted to mean the separation of church and state – although this phrase is not explicitly used. Also, since you referred to a letter of Thomas Jefferson from 1802, I must assume that you have read and studied Jefferson’s words regarding the separation of church and state.

As an elected leader with a national platform, I ask you to consider your words because they mean much more than those of a private citizen. As a member of the House of Representatives, I suggest that many people think your words demonstrate a deep understanding of the subject you are talking about. But your office demands a higher standard – or it should, and you say “the church is supposed to run the government” demonstrates a blatant misunderstanding of our system or our government or, worse, deliberate use to gain advantage Politics.

I wonder if you did your own research before the speech or if an assistant told you what to say or if the speech is from another source? The ignorance expressed in your speech and your reference to Jefferson’s letter as “stinky” is pitiful, regardless of the sources.

If you are genuinely interested in the separation of church and state, I suggest spending an afternoon doing a simple Google search and getting some training on the subject. Here is an opinion you might find. It’s from John Adams: “The government of the United States of America is in no way based on the Christian religion. But there’s so much more to discover, all from our founding fathers.

However, if you are really “tired” of our separation of church and state, I suggest you try living in one of the many countries in the Middle East. Maybe one of them would invite you to join the way their religion runs the government.

Roger Barbee lives in Mooresville. Contact him at [email protected]

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