Rep. Louie Gohmert said Tuesday that President Barack Obama is “intolerant” of Christians, after the Obama administration objected to an amendment of the National Defense Authorization Act that would expand religious protections in the military.
The amendment would expand the protection of religious actions and speech to include beliefs as well. The White House responded with a concern that it would limit commanders’ ability to discipline anti-gay discrimination.
The American Civil Liberties Union also objected to the amendment, issuing a statement of concern in June that LGBT discrimination would be allowed under the provision.
Gohmert, a vocal critic of the administration and Tea Party member, argued at the Family Research Council that Christianity is the only religious group of which that it is politically correct to be intolerant. He added the White House currently waged a war against Christians.
“The gloves have come off,” Gohmert said. “There really is a war by this administration against not just the Catholic Church but the Christian Church.”
Gohmert reminded the crowd that the Founding Fathers were able to attend church in the Capitol, and that one-third of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were ordained ministers.
The Texas Republican also compared the current intolerance to the kind the Pilgrims faced when they were forced to flee to America.
“If this administration is going to continue to tolerate this kind of intolerance, they are going to lose members of the military that cannot serve if their first amendment rights aren’t going to be protected with regard to religion," Gohmert said.