The former President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn was strongly condemned for his call for the United States to have one religion numerous groups and individuals, with the most prominent being the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Congress (AJC).
Flynn, who attended on Saturday a rally in Texas for the Christian-themed speaking tour ReAwaken America, backed by the Christian news network America Faith, stressed that the United States must have one religion if it’s going to have one nation under God.
“One nation under God, and one religion under God,” Flynn said.
The sanctuary of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, where the rally was reportedly held at, underscored in a statement that its facilities were used by an outside organization the Cornerstone Church is not associated with nor endorses their views.
The church is run by the prominent evangelical pastor John Hagee who founded the Christian Zionist group Christians United for Israel.
Flynn’s statement was branded anti-American by ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, and the AJC, which write in a Twitter post that such dangerous rhetoric runs counter to American values and threatens the foundations of the US democracy.
Greenblatt also stressed that it’s anti-democratic and downright dangerous to suggest that the US, a nation founded on twin bedrocks of pluralism and the freedom to practice any religion, should only have one religion.
Noting that the US is living in a post-traumatic moment as a nation, he tied Flynn’s rhetoric which elevates one religion over others, to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, pointing to ADL’s deep concerns it has the potential to further those rifts and incite political violence.
Michael Flynn’s statements were also denounced by numerous Democrats and by his old colleagues in the military, where Flynn reached senior ranks.