Urquhart: “‘Separation of Church and State’ Came out of Adolph Hitlerís Mouth”

Christine O’Donnell may be getting most of the headlines in Delaware, but she’s not the only Tea Party candidate to win an endorsement.  Glen Urquhart also won his primary against Michele Rollins, and a look at some of his past quotes shows he may be just as much fun as his senate counterpart in upcoming media appearances.

Earlier, Urquhart had expressed that abortion is akin to slavery, a stance highly praised among the most extreme of the anti-choice movement.  But the candidate topped himself while campaigning in April, when he announced that the idea of “separation of church and state” was actually introduced by Adolf Hitler.  As RAWStory reports:

“Do you know, where does this phrase ‘separation of church and state’ come from?” Urquhart asked at a campaign event last April. “It was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. … The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they’re Nazis.”

Of course, after the youtube of the statement was released, Urquhart tried to back away from the comments, stating it was out of context.  Via Delaware Online:

…Urquhart says the statement was taken out of context and that he did not explain his point very well. If he could do it over, he said, he would add more historical context and explain why he rejects Hitler’s take on the relationship between government and the church.

Urquhart says he stands “absolutely” with Jefferson on the need to protect religious liberty. But, he said, it is important to note that Hitler used similar language in an effort to quell the influence of the church and woo church leaders into a complacent, complicit posture when he was in power.”Faith was at the center of the creation of the United States,” he said. ” … We have it on our money, ‘In God We Trust.’ We have moved towards an ‘In Government We Trust’ statement of faith. … I think the pendulum has swung dramatically against the Christian faith. It’s almost become a whipping boy in our society. There is obviously every need for religious tolerance — and that applies to Christians, Jews and Moslems [sic].”

 

Christianity as a “whipping boy” in today’s society?  I wonder what the victims of recent bouts of anti-Islamic violence would have to say about that?

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98 comments

William C
William Cabout a month ago

Thanks for the information.

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W. C
W. Cabout a month ago

I agree with the previous comments, thank you.

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jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago

Another genius!!!

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Thomas H.
Thomas H7 years ago

Fascist, through and through.

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Tom Y.
Tom Y7 years ago

I think a moment's clarity is required.

The "Separation of Church and State" was to prevent the Church from becoming an arm of the State, or vice versa. Where it occurred in Europe, this overlap of powers was used against freedom of conscience in its citizenry. People being punished for holding contrary views! Just imagine...

So when Thomas Jefferson wrote on this to the Danbury Baptists, he was reassuring them their freedom to worship in their own style, under their own doctrines, would not be punished by any official body.

Urquhart's "whipping boy" reference was likely sparked by the sentiments against the Christian faith popular with certain media types/outlets, and with people who use phrases like "religious reich," "religulous," "hyocrites" et al without ever pausing to consider they're coming across as bigots themselves. I've seen it myself, and it stinks.

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Sheila N.
sheila s7 years ago

People who are very religious are incapable of keeping religion out of politics. Their beliefs drive their every decision whether they are open about it or not. I think the biggest problem with the very religious is not so much that they vote with their beliefs but that the majority don’t think for themselves.

And judging by some of these articles it looks like the Republican Party is committing suicide by tea.

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cobalt rose
cobalt rose7 years ago

Christianity is a whipping boy? Maybe if you're confused and think the whipping boy is supposed to be the one holding the whip... Many of the things that are wrong with this country are largely related to religious zealots and the greedy, self-centered types that often frequent religious establishments. Just look at the "family values" crowd and what they do in their spare time... not very family value centric at all. Then there's the right to life crowd that has no concern for life at all once they've brought it into the world. They seem to have forgotten that life doesn't end at birth- that's just the beginning, and if you bring it into the world it is your responsibility to take care of it and pay for it. If you have no reasoning ability and are nothing but an easily led sheep, and refuse to take responsibility for your actions, you have no right making political decisions that affect others. Unfortunately many of the reasonable, intelligent people that consider themselves Christians are usually not the ones involving themselves in state affairs. There is a reason why our forefathers wanted a separation of church and state.

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Kerry Stuparitz
Kerry G7 years ago

dumm dumm

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Rie Rie T.
R T7 years ago

In the corporate-dominated media propaganda of today, people pander to the uninformed and say any thing to get elected. If they are caught and called out--oops.

Jah, Hitler was Fascist, near as I can tell, and I worry about how we are leaning in that direction now. So much hard won ground has been lost. If the US worker has Unions, just ship the jobs to other countries and get the propaganda machine to support globalism. Then say Unions are all bad. etc.

The separation of church and state is basic to our country, both historically and now. To see how the alternative works, look around at church-dominated states and see how that works for everyone.
Blessings,

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Jenny S.
Jen S7 years ago

And yet another uninformed fire-breathing ideologue opens his mouth. I put rather more faith in Thomas Jefferson, who was also significanlty more eloquent than Urquhart, than I do in any of these shrieking pedants. If there is one thing they all seem to have in common is the blithe disregard for accurately recorded history...revisionism is for those who lack the courage to see the past and change the future to correct the errors.

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