"Let me be clear: Americans have freedom of religion - not freedom from religion." - Republican Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas.
When Republicans are asked difficult questions about their positions on the EPA, spending for Infrastructure, rebuilding the American Power Grid, or other topics; they like to dodge and proclaim 'I am not a scientist or engineer,' but what they do like to pretend to be knowledgeable about is religion. And it doesn't matter what religion, Republicans consider themselves to be unassailable experts with a direct line to god.
"There would be less cancer, less disease, and aids and diabetes in this country if people would simply pray. God blesses the righteous with good health and curses the immoral with sickness," Republican Senator Rafael 'Ted' Cruz, CPAC 2015.So, of course Republicans feel perfectly justified trying to force religion down the throats of all Americans yet again! And they will use the Awesome Power of Government to ensure that you adopt religion.
On March 18th, Congressman Johnson introduced H.R. 1425 Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act, which would require a religious test for all Military Servicemen and force all Military Servicemembers to Pledge Allegiance to god. This is mainly in response to the Air Force Academy dropping the 'So help me god' part of the Oath in 2013 due to the tireless work of Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
During the 1990s and the early years of the War on Terror, the Air Force Academy became a Christian Cult where roving gangs of Right-Wing Religious Fanatics would descend upon new cadets and force them into Evangelical Christianity, through coercion, intimidation and violence.
Republican are wholly owned by the Rich, but some Republicans are Christian Dominionists.
"I don’t believe in an America where the separation of Church and state is absolute. The idea that the Church can have no influence and no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion." 2016 Republican Wannabe Rick Santorum's interpretation of the 1st Amendment is, of course, the direct opposite of it's stated mandate.Republicans always try to downplay the conservative religious bigots who form the core of their party. But, while Republicans have thought they were using the religious loons to gain power, over the last 35 years, the Conservative Fanatics have become convinced the Party belongs to them.
And that is the Republican Party today. A party of Unscrupulous Rich Criminals, Bigots, and Religious Fanatics. There is no more moderate Republican. There is only the wild-eyed right-wing maniac.
Phil Robertson, not some fringe unknown conservative, but the 2015 CPAC Star Speaker and recent recipient of the Sarah Palin Lifetime Right-Wing Grifter Award, stated if Atheists don't adopt his religion he plans to rape their daughters, behead their wives, and slice off their penises, in order to teach them christianity.