Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) recently told a far-right Catholic media organization that “Satan controls the church” of Christians who provide aid to undocumented immigrants.
The hardline lawmaker, whose website boasts of her “strong Christian faith”, spoke with right-wing activist Michael Voris, founder of Church Militant, on Thursday.
In an excerpt from the interview published by the group Right Wing Watch, Voris asked Greene about Catholic organizations in the United States that use federal funds to help resettle undocumented immigrants and refugees.
“I thought we had a separation of church and state,” Greene said in response.
“What it is is that Satan controls the church,” she continued. “The church is not doing its job, and it is not adhering to the teachings of Christ, and it is not adhering to what the word of God says we are supposed to do and how we are supposed to live.”
She added that Christian groups who say we need to deal with migrants are “destroying our laws” and taking advantage of Americans.
“Yes, we’re supposed to love each other, but their definition of what it means to love each other means destroying our laws,” she said. “It means completely perverting what our Constitution says. It means taking an unreal advantage from the American taxpayer. And that means pushing a globalist policy on the American people and forcing America to become something we’re not meant to be.
She also suggested that the US government should cut off foreign aid to the countries of origin of undocumented immigrants who “invade illegally”.
“We should hold these countries accountable,” she said. “‘Oh, I’m sorry, Guatemala, you’re not getting a check this year because you sent X number of thousands and tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands and millions of people to illegally invade our country as if they’re an army.
Greene’s comments earned a rebuke from the Catholic League, an organization that defends the religious and civil rights of Catholics.
In a statement, band president Bill Donohue called Greene a “shame” and said she should apologize immediately.
“She had many opportunities to rationally criticize the agency, but instead she slandered the entire Catholic Church,” he said. “We are contacting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about this. He has a loose cannon on his hands.
Voris, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, claimed that Catholics support men like Trump because they “no longer see any trace of masculinity in their religious leaders.” In 2020, he warned that not voting for Trump would result in Christians being “identified, hunted down, declared ‘illegal’ for some made up reason.”
“Do not express your regrets as you are herded on the trains heading for the camps,” he wrote.
In Church Militant’s write-up of Greene’s interview, she said she was “universally despised by the Marxist left for her straight shot and belief in Christ” and claimed that was why critics de Greene “used false accusations about January 6”. to prevent him from standing for election.
The day after the interview, Greene testified at a hearing about whether she was qualified to run for office in Georgia. She is accused of participating in the January 6, 2021, deadly attack on the United States Capitol, which could be seen as a violation of the 14th Amendment ban on members of Congress participating in an “insurrection or rebellion.” “.
She faces a lawsuit from a group of her constituents represented by Free Speech for People, an organization that advocates for fair elections.