GOP Candidate Claims the Founding Fathers Put “One Nation Under God” in the Pledge

By Hemant Mehta

Rev. Jerry Carter is a Republican running for State House in North Carolina’s District 65, and he made a rather bizarre claim during a recent meet-and-greet.

He wanted to explain how the Founding Fathers didn’t support separation of church and state. That’s not true, and we know that for a number of reasons. The First Amendment prohibits an establishment of religion. Thomas Jefferson talked about the “wall of separation” in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. And the word “religion” only appears twice in the Constitution, both times preceded by the word “no.”

But Carter insisted they were against it, and he had proof.

His proof was, “If they did [support church/state separation], then why did they put ‘one nation under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance?

The crowd applauded him, and he sat, smiling.

Um…

Okay.

Wow.

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