Target: Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Goal: Publicly denounce majority of Republicans who want to establish Christianity as the national religion.
The majority of Republican voters want to officially establish Christianity as the national religion, according to a poll recently published by Public Policy Polling. Such a thing would be blatantly illegal. Demand that the leadership of the Republican Party publicly denounce these recent findings and clarify that such an idea is unconstitutional.
Specifically, the poll revealed that 57 percent of Republican primary voters want their government to establish Christianity as the national religion. Only 30 percent of Republicans actively opposed such an idea, while an additional 13 percent said they “were not sure.” Obviously, there is no debate on this issue: such an establishment would be illegal. According to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” The leadership of the Republican Party, however, has been quiet on this revelation about the opinion of its constituents.
The results of the poll represent the profound and dangerous misunderstanding of the United States that many Republicans hold, and the Republican Party consequently has a responsibility to educate them and draw a line in the sand saying that such opinions are unwelcome in its party. Sign the petition below to demand that the chairman of the Republican National Committee publicly denounce this idea and clarify, in no uncertain terms, that its members should abandon it.
Dear Chairman Priebus,
I am writing you today regarding a poll that was recently published by Public Policy Polling. It revealed that the majority of Republican voters want the government to establish Christianity as the official religion of the United States. As you know, this idea presents a fundamental misunderstanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Such an establishment cannot legally happen, and to think that it can is ignorant and downright dangerous.
You need to ask yourself what your party as an institution—an institution that somehow still possesses weight and gravitas in our political milieu—is willing to tolerate in its members. If most Republicans want this to happen, is it now a part of your sanctified national platform? Does the leadership of your party want this to happen? Should Republicans in Congress start introducing legislation to make Christianity the official religion?
The people who want this are in your party and you have a responsibility to educate them, tell them that such a thing cannot legally happen, and make it known that such opinions are not welcome in your party. I demand that you publicly denounce this poll result and clarify that such a desire is not a part of your party’s platform.
[Your Name Here]
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