TX Gov. Warns Southern Baptists That People Are Trying to “Silence the Faithful”

By Hemant Mehta

See if this makes any sense to you: At the annual gathering of the Southern Baptist Convention, with an estimated 15,000 attendees representing more than 47,000 churches, with Vice President Mike Pence scheduled to speak to the crowd on behalf of an administration that bows down to the Religion Right and a Congress in which more than 90% of the members are Christians, Texas Governor Greg Abbott told everyone they were being silenced.

In a speech designed to anger the crowd and get them pumped up about midterm elections, Abbott insisted that people are trying to “silence the faithful and remove God from the public square.”

The only way that would be more ironic is if he said it while holding a megaphone.

“Our country was founded on religious liberty, but America is at a time of crisis as some try to silence the faithful and remove God from the public square,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas has faced a great deal of adversity, but we’ve relied on our faith to overcome those challenges, which has brought us closer to God. In the midst of challenges against people of faith, Texans have adopted the attitude, ‘pray as if everything depends on God, but work as if everything depends on Texas.’”

What challenges do people of faith face that the rest of us don’t? (And let’s admit, by faith, he only means Christians, because the GOP has never given a damn about people outside that bubble.)

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