U.S. Rep. Steven Cohen, a Democrat representing Tennessee’s Ninth Congressional District, said demeaning things about evangelicals who voted for U.S. Republican President Donald Trump.
Cohen did so during an appearance on MSNBC’s Weekends program with Alex Witt.
“I feel sorry for the people who support Trump so much. The evangelicals that tell me — I get e-mails from people that say that God ordained that he is president, he is doing God’s work, and he has accepted Jesus Christ and trying to follow his path. I think wow, these people are deluded,” Cohen said.
“Two Corinthians and he can’t quote his favorite Bible passage, and he doesn’t know the 23rd Psalm or the New Testament from the Old Testament, and yet they think somehow he is ordained by God.”
Watch the full interview here. Cohen’s remarks regarding evangelicals occur around the 5:45min mark.
As The Tennessee Star reported earlier this year, this is not the first time Cohen has insulted people of faith.
People who testify before the U.S. House of Representatives no longer must say “so help me God” under oath, and this reportedly delighted Cohen. House Democrats altered the oath after they assumed a majority over Republicans in January.
Cohen, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, reportedly said the following about people who want “so help me God” to come back:
“I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress,” the paper quoted Cohen as saying.
“And God doesn’t want to be used.”
In a rebuttal, Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist Clint Cooper told his readers the Founding Fathers used God in many of the country’s founding documents.
“Cohen, at that point, either was misreading history or was sorry he was called out for not having witnesses say ‘so help me God,’ like a child spotted by the teacher while shooting spitballs in class,” Cooper wrote.
According to Cooper, Cohen refused a Republican congressman’s request to include “so help me God” at a Feb 28 committee hearing.
As The Star also reported, evangelist Franklin Graham expressed his unhappiness with Cohen on social media.
On Twitter, Graham said, “Why has the Democratic Party turned its back on God? @RepCohen of TN said, ‘I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque—but not in Congress.’”
“We need more of God, not less! What @RepCohen is suggesting is what Communism did in Eastern Europe & is still doing in places around the world like Cuba. Communism only allows worship inside approved churches. God is our Creator & the maker of the universe. He is present everywhere; He is not limited to churches or temples. The root of the issue is that many politicians don’t want God in any part of their politics or our country’s business because His standards condemn their sins.”
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