Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley was criticized after making a controversial claim about Christianity and the United States, with critics highlighting his inaccuracies and misrepresentation of American history.
During a recent statement, Hawley—who gained notoriety for running away from insurrectionists he claimed to support during the January 6 Capitol riots—made an assertion that drew immediate backlash.
"Today is a good day to remember: Christianity is the faith and America is the place slavery came to die."
You can see Hawley's tweet below.
In part, Hawley suggested Christianity is the official religion of the United States, disregarding the fundamental principle of separation of church and state.
Moreover, detractors highlighted the historical fallacies in Hawley's claim. While Christianity has played a significant role in shaping American society and culture, it is crucial to acknowledge the Christian faith has been used to justify various injustices, including slavery, segregation and the genocide of Indigenous peoples.
Historically, slaveholders in the United States employed biblical passages to support and perpetuate the institution of slavery, a practice that persisted in America long after it was abolished in many other Western nations.
Critics also pointed out the United States is a diverse nation with a wide range of religious beliefs and no single religion can be declared as the official or dominant faith.
Twitter users swiftly responded to Hawley's assertion, criticizing his lack of historical knowledge and highlighting the problematic implications of his claim.
Many emphasized the importance of recognizing the complex relationship between Christianity and American history, highlighting both positive contributions and instances where the faith was used to perpetuate inequality and oppression.
Hawley has repeatedly made absurd claims in the name of Christianity and the Bible.
Last month, he was mocked online after he said reading the Bible is the key to addressing a crisis of "disappearing manhood" and "traditional masculinity" that is taking the country by storm.
Hawley's main point—expanded upon in an editorial for Fox News—appears to be that men can reclaim their masculinity by bringing "the promise of eternity" and using their power to promote truth and liberty.
The connection between these concepts and their impact on fatherhood remains elusive. While involved and present fathers can undoubtedly influence their families and communities positively, Hawley's assertion lacks clarity and substance.