Jeanine Pirro, Christian idiot on Fox News, is dumb as a post and an embarrassment to the republic. She is an excellent illustration of the stupidity that good Christians spew at the public every day in the United States.
The principle our Constitution articulates in more than one place is very simple. The United States is undoubtedly a Christian nation functionally, since it was almost exclusively good Christians who invaded “the Americas,” uninvited and unwelcome, and wantonly raped, pillaged, enslaved, and murdered millions of Natives and Africans as part of making the place safe and comfortable for themselves, still the well educated Christians who wrote our Constitution were well aware of the two hundred years of warfare that had erupted in Europe after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation over the question of what flavor of Christian to be, and the conflicts that erupted when governments established religion, so they chose to forego that option.
The U.S. Constitution, at Article VI, paragraph 3, states, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
More famously, the First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”
Ms. Pirro notes that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) covers her head with a hijab, which is a custom for Muslim women, and wonders if she adheres to Sharia law, which “in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution.” She does not come right out and say that she thinks Rep. Omar should not have a seat in the House of Representatives, but one could reasonably infer that position from what she does say.
Evaluating public officials on the basis of their religious beliefs is antithetical to the United States Constitution, Ms. Pirro. Wearing a hijab clearly falls under the heading of “exercise of religion,” as you indicate with your statement, so any official penalty would violate the First Amendment, just as preventing anyone from serving in the House of Representatives because of religious belief would also violate Article VI of the United States Constitution.
Pirro, of course, is free to spew her nonsense on television, but the rest of us are free to call her nonsense just that and point out how obnoxious and stupid it is.
Memo to Jeanine Pirro: you’re an embarrassing idiot. Please shut up.