Michael Flynn’s call for “one religion” in the United States is quickly condemned


Flynn, who was subpoenaed last week by the House special committee investigating the Jan.6 attack, made the comment during a speech to a conservative Christian audience on the ReAwaken America tour of Texas this weekend. “If we want to have a nation under God, what we need to do, we have to have one religion,” he said. “One nation under God and one religion under God, right? We all work together.”

His message – the latest in a long history of outlandish remarks – appears to be an inflammatory contradiction of the First Amendment, which protects freedom of religion. Flynn has already received backlash for controversial comments. CNN has reached out to Flynn for comment.

“Today’s Mike Flynn is not the pre-2014 Mike Flynn I know,” former director of national intelligence James Clapper told CNN on Sunday. “As far as I’m concerned, they’re two different people. He’s clearly off balance here with that kind of public statement.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, national security analyst for CNN, also called Flynn’s remarks “embarrassing to the US military and an aberration to those of us who proudly wore the uniform. of our country”.

“His words are disgusting,” Hertling said in a Tweeter.
A number of Democratic lawmakers have also targeted Flynn’s comments. Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota tweeted, “These people hate the US Constitution,” while Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California wrote, “Of course happy that we live in a constitutional republic instead of a theocracy.”

“I’m Catholic and do we really want the government to force everyone to go to confession? I got baptized in college and these church classes were so long. Michael Flynn was falling asleep in church class.” , Lieu tweeted.

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the then Russian ambassador and for some time cooperated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election. But as his case turned to a possible brief jail term, Flynn fired his lawyers, replacing them with a defense team who worked to unravel his plea in court and campaigned publicly for the pardon, which he finally received from former President Donald Trump in November 2020.
Journalist and author Carl Bernstein told CNN that Flynn was among Trump’s associates “saying aloud things that were never said by an aide or close associates of a President of the United States.”

“It’s so amazing to think that we had a president of the United States who would entertain these rascals, these fools and these dangerous authoritarian characters. That’s what we need to get the big picture,” he said. -he adds. “Donald Trump has sought people to facilitate his authoritarian impetus.”

Asked to respond to Flynn’s comments, Democratic Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Sunday: “This country was (founded) on independent and religious freedoms. People have left to come here to the seeking those freedoms. Now he would love to see that taken away. “Clyburn went on to say that this was another attempt by a former Trump official to undermine democracy.


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