Rep. Louie Gohmert accused the Obama administration Monday of going "out of its way to thump Christians" and promote atheism, as he called for passage of legislation to expand protections for religious expression by Christian members of the military.
Speaking on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," the conservative Texas Republican spoke in support of an amendment to the defense authorization bill to help protect religious speech.
"We're trying to get it actually passed into law because this president has allowed abuse of Christians in the military, unlike any other religion," Gohmert said. "We hear constant reports on the military. We're not supposed to hand anybody a Bible at Walter Reed, you're not supposed to bring anybody a Bible."
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"It's considered an act of hostility if you give somebody a Bible on their death bed or mention God or try to help them even if they're seeking guidance at the end of their life," he added.
Gohmert told the Fox News show there were indications early on in the Obama presidency of a bias against Christians.
"I think we got a clue back early on when this administration appointed three different ambassadors to the Vatican that were pro-abortion. This administration has gone out of its way to thump Christians," the Texan declared.
He also raised questions about the president's own religious beliefs, saying that while he calls himself a Christian his administration has carried out an assault on Judeo-Christian beliefs.
"He celebrates Ramadan at the White House. When was the last time he had Israeli leaders to celebrate Passover?" the congressman said.
Saying it's "got to stop," Gohmert also pointed to the IRS's targeting of conservative groups, some of which he said believe in the biblical definition of marriage.
"The old saying is, there are no atheists in fox holes, but this administration is trying to make sure there are atheists all the way to the end," Gohmert said.
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