Rep. Fleming: Midterm Election A Choice Between "Godless Society" And "Christian Nation"

August 26, 2010 9:27 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

While addressing a GOP women's group yesterday, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) described what's at stake in the upcoming midterm elections in starkly religious terms:

We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like western Europe and create, I guess really a godless society, an atheist society. Or we're going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nation.  So we're going to have to win that battle, we're going to have to solve that argument before we can once again reach across and work together on things.

Ironically, Fleming was appearing alongside Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the "family values" conservative who is most famous for his involvement in a prostitution scandal. (h/t: TPM)

Update: Steve Benen reponds:

[T]here's nothing in the Democratic agenda that calls for an "atheist society"; Western Europe is filled with countries that have official state churches; and it doesn't make any sense to simultaneously claim to protect "individual liberties" and a "Christian nation." The United States separates church from state. Fleming may want a Christian-style theocracy -- maybe an Iran for the West -- but that's just not how Americans do things.