Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) stated on Tuesday that the legacy of slavery in the United States was a particularly ugly moment in the nation's history, but that the situation now is even worse.
Speaking on a conference call with far-right pastor Rick Scarborough, Gohmert warned listeners that the nation could be coming "toward the end of [its] existence," as evidenced by its leaders and citizens allegedly neglecting to remain true to biblical teachings.
"We strayed away different times. Andrew Jackson’s time was not a great time, different times slavery was a blot on our existence," Gohmert said. "But the trouble is we have never as an entire nation overall been so far away from God’s teaching and so openly rebelling, even from the top, against God’s teachings in the Bible."
Gohmert frequently speaks about what he sees as the degradation of religious principles in American society. Over the summer he blamed the supposed trend for the mass-shooting in Aurora, Colo.
"You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place," Gohmert said hours after the massacre in which 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded. "Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important. ... Whether it's John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people ... Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters. ... We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country."
Gohmert was also a leading proponent of a controversial push over the summer to investigate top Obama administration aides for supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
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