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Tea Party Congressman: Christians Are “Greatest Minority Under Assault Today”

by David Badash on January 17, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics,Religion

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A freshman Tea Party Congressman, Tim Scott (R-SC), yesterday told supporters at a Tea Party rally that Christians are the “greatest minority under attack today.” Three out of every four Americans identify as some form of Christian, and in Scott’s home state of South Carolina, that figure is even higher.

Representative Scott also declared he was doing nothing for the American people, saying, “The only thing we really have on our minds is beating Barack Obama in 2012,” adding that he may not attend the State of the Union address next week.

“The only way to get it done is for us to run through this primary process and be ready for the war of the centuries beginning in September,” Scott said, according to a report in Patch. “Make no mistake, what we’re doing right now is called pre-season. Get ready for the rumble.”

The Huffington Post adds:

Though Scott has yet to announce his support for a particular candidate, his comments about supposed anti-Christian sentiment in the United States would appear to put him in some agreement with Gingrich.

Campaigning in South Carolina last week, Gingrich took a shot at the media for allegedly ignoring “anti-Christian” bigotry.

“The bigotry question goes both ways, and there’s a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concerning the other side,” Gingrich said during a discussion about gay rights, “and none of it gets covered by the news media.”

On his website last week, Scott wrote,

“I was very pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday in favor of protecting religious freedoms in the case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. As Chief Justice Roberts noted, the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment and the Establishment clause protect the right of religious groups to determine their own ministers without government interference.”

The Supreme Court decision, contrary to Rep. Scott’s mistaken writing, disturbingly allows all religious organizations the ability to usurp all government laws related to hiring and firing of practically any employee.

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