Over at Right Wing Watch, they have a recording of an interview of our very own Right Wing Fringe Representative Vicky Hartzler. In the interview, Hartzler is talking with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and they get into a discussion of religious freedom and how the recent building of a pagan worship center at the Air Force Academy was "promotion" of "fringe religions." Towards the end of the interview, Hartlzer goes on to call this "crazy."
However, in Hartzler's mind, it's no problem if the government "defends" the practice of religion, especially if it's Christianity, America's "main religion" in her view. I guess Hartzler missed the part of history class where we're taught that we have freedom of reglion here in this country and there is no state-sanctioned religion.
Perkins: Do you see this as a part of a growing trend that we see that there is really kind of a marginalization of Christianity and almost a promotion of other forms of, I would have to say, fringe religions?
Hartzler: I agree, I think so. Christianity is the main religion in our country and as a policy for the Department of Defense we need to defend the practice of religion but we do not have to obligate taxpayer funds to facilitate or accommodate it or pay for it.
Perkins: Is it the government’s role to try to put all religions on the same plane?
Hartzler: No, it’s not their role at all. Their role is to facilitate basic policy for our country and to not to try to lift up one religion over the other, they should be defending the basic rights that we have, that freedom of religion here, and certainly not facilitating or accommodating fringe religions, it’s crazy.
Given the right wing's penchant for conservative dog whistles, it's alarming that Hartzler would use the term "defend" when talking of religious practice, especially as "policy for the Department of Defense;" even more so when it's preceded by her claiming that our "main religion" is Christianity. There's nothing to defend if all people are allowed to engage in freedom of religion. And what would Hartzler say if her own religion were deemed fringe? Would she, herself, call her own religion fringe?