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Walter Jones has his priorities in order

“I think that this country is in so much trouble from the illegal immigration to the attack on religious freedom in this country that I just felt that this was the right thing to do,”

Love how the fight for religious freedom (“Christian” freedom, of course) manages to slip into the immigration wars. That’s serious gymnastics!

Walter B. Jones (R-NC), thankfully does not represent my district. The jingoistic third district U.S. congressman, formerly known as Mr. Freedom Fries, just had to jump on the immigrant-bashing bandwagon with this little bit of BS, H.R. 5255, the American Flag Display Protection Act, which would “prohibit a school from receiving Federal funds if the school prevents a student from displaying or wearing in a respectful manner a representation of the flag of the United States.”

I guess the business of the third district has been taken care of and low-wattage Walter has nothing else to do. He spoke to AgapePress and ratcheted up the heat a notch.

A member of the House since 1994, Jones observes that “in many ways America is under assault.” And like himself, he says “those…who believe in the Constitution and the Bible as well … need to do what we think is right to protect the freedoms of this country.” And one of those freedoms, he notes, is the freedom to respectfully display or wear Old Glory. “I don’t know why a student, if he or she wants to display the American flag in a respectful way, why they should not be able to do so,” Jones says.

Walter definitely had time on his hands last year, when he introduced these two doozies:
* a bill to name Falls Lake after bigot wingnut ex-Senator Jesse Helms

* H.R. 235, which would allow religious leaders to make endorsements from the pulpit:

HR 235 was introduced to liberate clergy from the muzzle imposed by the absolute ban on all speech that may be regarded as “political,” and thereby enable them to speak out on all vital and moral and political questions of the day. It will free houses of worship from the fear and anxiety and uncertainty created by the threat that the IRS will impose financial penalties or revoke tax-exempt status altogether.

Some of the organizations on board with Walter are the usual suspects — the Christian Coalition, National Right to Life Committee and Concerned Women for America.

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