Rep. Gohmert: Obama intolerant of Christian service members
July 11th, 2013
08:17 AM ET
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Rep. Gohmert: Obama intolerant of Christian service members

(CNN) – A Republican congressman has accused President Barack Obama discriminating against Christians for his objections to a legal measure that would make more room in the military for religious "actions and speech."

In effect, a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, would limit a military officer's possibilities when addressing proselytizing by troops or other activities that could lead to religious run-ins. The White House believes it would lead to disruption in the ranks.

"By limiting the discretion of commanders to address potentially problematic speech and actions within their units, this provision would have a significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment," the White House said in a statement, which also addressed numerous other concerns within the National Defense Authorization Act.

The stance angered Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, a tea party supporter and an outspoken critic of the president on issues of religious freedom.

"It seems like the only group that it is politically correct to be intolerant of are Christians," the five-term congressman told journalists gathered at the Family Research Council on Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, who first reported his remarks.

Gohmert continued, saying "If this administration is going to continue to tolerate this kind of intolerance, they are going to lose members of the military that cannot serve, if their First Amendment rights aren't going to be protected with regard to religion."

The White House is not alone in their objection to the amendment. In early June the American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement in objection to the amendment, alleging that limiting a commander's ability to discipline remarks would allow for "the potential to lead to claims of a right to discriminate against lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members."


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    The entire Democratic Party is anti-Christian.

    July 11, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Blah Blah Blah! It's phony Christians like Goehmert who give REAL Christians a bad name.

    July 11, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Marty, FL

    Gohmert's extremism fails to recognize the commandments of his bearing false witness and lying (again).

    July 11, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Warren

    Has this guy not heard of "the separation of church and state"?

    July 11, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. Tony in Maine

    ...and Gohmert plays the victim card – again. Amazing how every time someone stops the religious right from morhing OUR country into a Taliban-like theocracy, the howling begins about how everybody's always picking on those poor little Christians.

    Gohmert – you are NOT a Christian – at least not in the sense of even knowing let alone living by the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

    July 11, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. jinx9to88

    People vote for this guy? But then again he is from Texas home of Rick Perry.

    July 11, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. Evergreen

    Does the rep. Gohmert want the military to preach "Thou shall not kill."

    July 11, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. g

    american taliban

    July 11, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    In effect, a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, would limit a military officer's possibilities when addressing proselytizing by troops or other activities that could lead to religious run-ins. The White House believes it would lead to disruption in the ranks.
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    Does anyone understand what Gohmert is talking about? I don't.

    I've said it before and it bears repeating. Why is it that the party that claims to cherish freedom so much is always trying to pass legislation that restricts or limits it? Why is it the right wing engaged in war to define how everyone should live their lives? Whatever happened to freedom with this crowd.

    "It seems like the only group that it is politically correct to be intolerant of are Christians,"

    He's nuts. It seems to me that the only lifestyle that is politically correct is one that he defines.

    July 11, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Italmn

    I have watched this guy for the last 5 years on the floor of the Senate and I'll tell anyone on this planet, This guy is a Racist, Homophobe, Psychopathic, Religious nut. People like this have no right being in our countrys decisions whatsoever. But the people of TEXAS voted for him. The state of Texas ?????? We all know the majority of Texans are just like this guy. Thank God I don't live down there where ignorance is bred generation after generation.

    July 11, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Go pray about it... VOTE THE GOP OUT IN 2014!

    July 11, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Here we go again with the GOP dog-whistle blowing. How many more reasons does one need to despise each and every one of those right-wing goons?

    July 11, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. MaryM

    Will someone Please, please put this Gohmert in his place. He knows he is lying and everyone else knows he is lying. Good people of Texas, please vote this Gomer out of office asap.

    July 11, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Lee

    Louie, Louie
    Ohhh, ohhhhh
    You gotta' go.

    July 11, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Psst. Louie. As as Christian myself, the only intolerance I find directed at me personally is coming from the so called Christian right. Just saying.

    July 11, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Thomas

    Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas is the poster boy for what went wrong with our education system .

    Rand Paul / Louie Gohmert 2016
    Family Research of intolerance

    July 11, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    No, Louie. He, like many of us who actually served, is intolerant of those who wish to shove their narrow view of fundamentalist Christianity down the throats of the rest of us who actually follow the teachings of Jesus. For that I forgive you, as you know not what you do, nor what you say.

    July 11, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |