Michael Flynn Faces Backlash After Saying America Should Only Have One Religion

Michael Flynn sparked a backlash on Twitter after saying there should only be one religion in the United States.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who briefly served as Donald's Trump's national security adviser, made the remarks during the "ReAwaken America" conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday.

"If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God and one religion under God," Flynn, who was recently forced to refute claims from believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory that he worships Satan, said.

Flynn also called Steve Bannon's indictment after defying a subpoena from the House panel investigating the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol an "abuse of freedom of speech."

These people hate the US Constitution. https://t.co/CnrfQ5vAcP

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 14, 2021

He branded the investigation an "insurrection crucifixion" and compared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Pontius Pilate, who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus in the Bible.

"This is a crucifixion of our First Amendment, freedom to speak, freedom to peacefully assemble," Flynn said. "It's unbelievable."

Flynn's comments that the U.S. should only have one religion prompted condemnation on Twitter.

"These people hate the US Constitution," tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Walter Russell Mead wrote: "A thought that every one of the Founding Fathers would reject, rightly, as inimical both to the principles of the United States and to the health of the Christian church."

Rep. Ted Lieu added: "I'm Catholic and do we really want government to force everyone to go to confession? I got baptized in college and those Church courses were soooo long. Michael Flynn would fall asleep in Church class. Sure glad we live in a Constitutional Republic instead of a theocracy."

Preet Bharara, a former U.S. Attorney fired by Trump, wrote: "Wow look how much Michael Flynn hates America."

Fred Guttenberg wrote: "I am assuming when Michael Flynn tells his GQP followers we need to be a nation with "one religion" he probably is not thinking Judaism. And so, it begins. Maybe teaching history about things like race in America and the Holocaust do matter."

I’m Catholic and do we really want government to force everyone to go to confession? I got baptized in college and those Church courses were soooo long. Michael Flynn would fall asleep in Church class.

Sure glad we live in a Constitutional Republic instead of a theocracy. pic.twitter.com/nc2YEPLDOi

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 14, 2021

I am assuming when Michael Flynn tells his GQP followers we need to be a nation with "one religion" he probably is not thinking Judaism. And so, it begins. Maybe teaching history about things like race in America and the Holocaust do matter. https://t.co/DR2xeq2S02

— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November 14, 2021

"Michael Flynn and the hard right MAGA cult want a theocracy in this country for a white Christian minority," The Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali wrote.

"Just replace everything they say about Jesus with Muhammad and Christianity with Islam and how would the GOP respond? They're telling your their vision and their plan."

Flynn was ousted from his White House role just weeks into his tenure after reports that he had misled then-vice president Mike Pence and others about communications he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Flynn later admitted to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Sergei Kislyak and reached a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump pardoned Flynn before leaving office and in the months since Flynn has embraced conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and COVID-19.

Michael Flynn speaks at MAGA march
Former US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn speaks to supporters of Donald Trump during the Million MAGA March to protest the outcome of the 2020 election on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images