Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert went on a rambling tangent Thursday in Congress that started with his disagreement with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and spiraled into what was almost a sermon denouncing gay marriage.
Gohmert believes the United States was founded as and meant to be a Christian nation and that the laws of Moses and Jesus trump the Supreme Court. The Court is set to issue a ruling on gay marriage later this month.
“It is a matter of a constitutional crisis when the Highest Court in the land not merely strikes down and says that their opinion is more important than Moses’, depicted up there in the center point of this room, more important than Moses’, depicted in the marble wall over the Supreme Court, holding the Ten Commandments,” the congressman said on the House floor.
“The Supreme Court says theirs is more important than the opinions established and stated by Jesus Christ when he said–and he was quoting Moses–that a man shall leave his mother and father, a woman leave her home, and the two will come together and be one flesh, and what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”
He expressed paranoia that non-Christians were going to “take over the country.”
“The great thing is that, if a nation is established on Judeo-Christian beliefs, it allows anybody to live here and to function here and to do so without impediment to one’s beliefs because one can be an atheist, an agnostic, a Buddhist, a Muslim, Gohmert said, according to a transcript of his speech. “You can be any of those things, as long as you are not trying to take over the country like some would like to do.”
He said he isn’t “prejudiced,” citing his grief at the news of the terrorist attack in Charleston that took the lives of nine Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church members Wednesday.
“We are brothers and sisters in Christ. Skin color does not matter one bit. He killed my brothers and sisters,” he said.
He rambled that “nature makes it very clear” that even though children can be adopted and some great Americans came from orphanages or single parent homes, “the optimum is a mother and a father in a home.”
While calling supporters of marriage equality intolerant of differing views, Gohmert later said justices that vote against his own should be impeached.
“I know there are some who are involved in same-sex marriage. They are not able to love as I do. They hate anybody that disagrees with them,” he said.
A little later he stated, “It is probably sufficient grounds for impeachment for a Supreme Court Justice to violate the law so that they can force their will upon the American people to push through their legislative agenda even though they are not legislators. Probably impeachment would be in order. If they break the law in order to change dramatically the law, they shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court.”
Earlier this month, Gohmert took to the House floor to accuse President Obama of aiding and abetting terrorists.
Watch the entire speech here: