Target: Republican National Committee Iowa state official Tamara Scott
Goal: Resign from GOP leadership for advocating blatantly illegal Christian favoritism.
American Christians should be given special rights because they worship the “one true God,” according to Iowa Republican National Committee official Tamara Scott. Advocating such a shameless violation of the Constitution shows that Scott is less interested in the rights of Americans than she is in molding an America consistent with Republican ideology. Demand that Scott resign from her position in the Republican National Committee at once.
At a recent forum hosted by the conservative organization The Family Leader, GOP Committeeperson Scott used the increasing visibilty of Muslim Americans and the recent Wiccan invocation in her state legislature to rail against American religious pluralism and advance the fallacy that the United States is a “Christian nation.” “When we fail to teach [Christianity] in the public school[s], the history of this nation, the God mentioned in our Declaration,” Scott said, it opens the door for others to “try to replace Him.”
Scott went on to say that “We shouldn’t be surprised when others do differently and expect differently and think that religion is just about equality, because it’s not. There’s only one true God.” The only solution to this dilution of Christianity in the American public sphere, Scott contended, is to give the religion legal favoritism and allow it to be taught in schools.
Such favoritism is obviously illegal. Officials in one of the country’s leading two political parties should know this and respect it, not toss it to the wind because it doesn’t conform to their worldview. Sign the petition below to demand that Scott resign from her position in the Republican National Committee at once.
Dear Committeeperson Scott,
I am writing you today regarding some of the things you said at the recent forum hosted by The Family Leader. Your blatant Christian favoritism and flagrant disregard for the rights of Americans is profoundly disturbing.
Regardless of whether you think that the United States is a “Christian Nation” or not, or that Christianity is the only religion with a “true God,” what is concrete and undeniable is that the First Amendment ensures that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This very clearly bars any religion—including the historically dominant Christianity—from being treated with any kind of legal favoritism. To deny this fact is to deny the Constitution.
It is not too much to expect that officials in positions of power in our country’s two major political parties, such as yourself, should know and respect the tenets of our founding documents—indeed, it is an exceptionally low bar to achieve. As such, your willful disregard for the Constitution and Bill of Rights should effectively disqualify you from any form of leadership in the Republican Party. I demand that you resign from your position as committee member in the Republican National Committee at once.
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