Tea Party lawmaker doesn't think Obama should cite the Bible: 'We own the entire tradition'
Tea Party-backed economics professor David Brat (AFP)

A Tea Party lawmaker from Virginia attacked President Barack Obama for citing the Bible to criticize Republicans -- who he argued owned Christianity.

Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) appeared Monday on the American Family Radio program hosted by Sandy Rios, where he complained about the president citing Christian teachings to hammer GOP elected officials and candidates who tried to block the settlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S., reported Right Wing Watch.

"He's using the Christian tradition and trying to bring about compassion by bonking Republicans over the head with the Bible," Brat said. "It’s almost a comedy routine on what compassion and love is. He’s mocking his enemies in order to compel a larger federal state using the tradition of love.”

The lawmaker said some liberal college professors were debating whether objective truth existed, which he said disqualified Democrats from claiming any part of biblical teachings.

"Our side, the conservative side, needs to reeducate its people that we own the entire tradition," Brat said. "If you lose the moral argument, you lose the policy argument every time, so we need to reclaim the moral argument, where we're so strong."