Bishop Strickland to Newsmax: Separation of Church, State ‘Weaponized’

The constitutional provision on the separation of church and state has been “weaponized,” Bishop Joseph Strickland, the recipient of the Ronald Reagan Award at the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend, said on Newsmax Saturday.

“I believe it has been deeply misunderstood and misinterpreted — you could say ‘weaponized’ — in our time instead of being a real judicious separation that is beneficial to the people of God,” Strickland commented to Newsmax’s “America Right Now.” 

Strickland became nationally recognized after Pope Francis last November removed him from the office of Bishop of Tyler, Texas. Church officials never confirmed why he was removed, but many believe he was relieved after taking public positions at odds with Francis’ views on marriage and gender, along with other issues.

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