Religious Extremism: A Threat to America

Jaime G.

In the First Amendment of the United States Constitution lies the Establishment Clause. This clause prohibits the government from establishing a nationwide religion. Freedom of religion is a fundamental right for Americans, whether they be Christian, Muslim, or Jewish. However, in recent years, the Establishment Clause has come under fire.


During a “Pastors for Trump” event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, speaker Sean Feucht explained that the movement is advocating for God to “control everything”and for “Believers to be the ones writing the laws”. He has also embraced the Christian Nationalist label. “It’s all part of the king coming back,” Feucht proclaimed. “That’s what we’re practicing for. That’s why we get called ‘Christian Nationalists’”. 


“The church is supposed to direct the government… And I’m tired of all this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution. It was in a stinking letter, and it means nothing like what they say it does”. This quote came from none other than Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert. The former restaurateur was referring to the Establishment Clause in this quote. The fact is, however, that the Establishment Clause is clearly written in the First Amendment of the Constitution.


It is important that we remember the Establishment Clause and with it, freedom of religion. It is one of our fundamental rights as Americans, and it deserves to be respected.