Nadler on God: He's 'No Concern of This Congress'

March 1, 2021

There were a lot of powerful arguments against the Equality Act, but Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) resorted to the ultimate authority: the Bible. During an intense debate on the House floor, the Florida representative said it was time for his colleagues to hear the truth about the transgender issue. But Democrats aren't interested in the truth -- or God. And far-Left radical Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) didn't mind saying so.

"'A woman must not wear men's clothing nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this,'" Steube read from Deuteronomy 22:5. But let's be clear, he said. "It's not clothing or personal style that offends God, but rather the use of one's appearance to act out or take on a sexual identity different from the one biologically assigned by God at birth." What's happening when men, women, and children do that, Steube said, is that "they're making a statement that God didn't know what He was doing when he created them." And if Congress supports that -- by passing extreme transgender bills like the Equality Act -- then this country is "go[ing] directly against what is laid out in scripture."

Democrats, irate that the Florida congressman dared to quote the word of God on the House floor, unleashed on Steube. Everyone from Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) to Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), shamed him for being transphobic and intolerant. But it was Congressman Nadler's response that was the most shocking and revealing. "Mr. Steube," he said pointedly, "what any religious tradition describes as God's will is no concern of this Congress." In other words, take your God and your Bible and leave them out this.

Almost immediately, a picture of Nadler started circulating on social media with the line, "God has no authority in the House of Representatives" at the top. It was a paraphrase of Nadler's comment but a legitimate expression of his belief and the Left's, which is that there's no room for God in public policy. Not surprisingly, the fact checkers rushed to Nadler's defense, insisting that he'd said nothing of the kind. "Quote falsely attributed to Jerry Nadler," USA Today insisted -- followed by PolitiFact, whose headline was, "Jerry Nadler didn't say 'God has no authority in the House of Representatives.'" Only at the bottom of the piece does the outlet concede, "That's similar to what's in the Facebook post, but it's not a direct quote. We rate the post False."

Of course, anyone who's followed Jerry Nadler knows that it isn't a leap for the Democrat who dropped "God" from the congressional oath to demand we leave him out of the public debate altogether. It's fine to split hairs and point out that the New York liberal's exact words weren't the way some people repeated them. But the pattern is clear: Nadler wants God removed from the House.

If it weren't for our friend, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), who knows how many witnesses might have been sworn in during the last Congress without God? "Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman," interrupted Johnson during a 2019 Judiciary Committee meeting. "Point of parliamentary inquiry.... We had a conversation on the floor last week, and I just noted you left out 'So help me God.'" "Sorry," Nadler said. "Do you want me to repeat the whole [oath]?" he asked. "I would love that," Johnson responded. "Thank you." Later, Nadler told reporters he "forgot."

Unfortunately for Americans, Democrats aren't forgetting faith -- they're fighting it. And the Equality Act is all the evidence anyone should need. Under it, there's no room for orthodox religion anywhere -- not in Congress, not in the workplace, not in social services or medicine, not in schools, not even in Christian schools. It's one thing for liberals to kick God out of the Pledge of Allegiance or their Democratic National Convention, but it's quite another to force the rest of the country to abandon Him too. Consider the fallout, Steube warned. "Whenever a nation's laws no longer reflect the standards of God, that nation... will inevitably bear the consequences."

And that's exactly what we're seeing in this gender identity chaos. Since the minute Joe Biden became president, he's made it his mission to destroy any sense of sanity on the issue, even nominating a man who identifies as a woman to the second most important post at HHS. Yet when people like Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) point out the utter disaster this agenda has been for children, they're shamed and marginalized. Fortunately, even that isn't stopping conservatives.

At this weekend's CPAC, former President Donald Trump ran through the laundry list of Biden's outrageous policies -- including his demand that we sacrifice women's rights and the First Amendment on the altar of transgenderism. "Joe Biden and the Democrats are even pushing policies that would destroy women sports," Trump said. "Young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males. It's not good for women. It's not good for women's sports which worked for so long and so hard to get to where they are... If this doesn't change," he warned, "women's sports as we know it will die." And faith and freedom along with it.