Some say a pattern is emerging with Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado. She says something eyebrow-raising and her opponents in the liberal media say something equally alarming. The latest incident between Boebert and a little-known news site saw allegations of “cultism” against the conservative sparkplug.
An outlet with the unlikely and humorous moniker “BoingBoing” is going after Boebert for her alleged use of a “basic cult technique” back in March.
Let’s examine whether such over-the-top declarations about her have merit.
What Is the Latest Incendiary Statement Lauren Boebert Has Made?
BoingBoing.net claimed that Boebert was delivering a speech to MAGA faithful that used curious words about the January 6 insurrection in 2021.
“I was there,” she told the crowd, referring to January 6. “It wasn’t as bad as what we were seeing on TV — what CNN showed day after day after day.”
Boebert continued her address. This time referring to former President Donald Trump. “He’s a stronger speaker today because of what we did … The Republican party is more unified today.” … “He’s going to follow through on all of this …”
That’s All She Said, Is It So Wrong?
And that is that.
We are supposed to believe that Lauren Boebert is a “cult recruiter” because of these brief words.
BoingBoing offers no other analysis from the article’s author Carla Sinclair, the co-founder of BoingBoing. Sinclair’s credentials for writing about Boebert’s alleged cultism are not apparent.
The BoingBoing.net writer has previously shared posts such as “German shepherd wants to play fetch so badly, he recruits a kitten.”
Sinclair also writes about music in such articles as this: “Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine severely beaten at Florida gym — right after Def Leppard drummer attacked at Florida hotel.”
So, it looks like Sinclair is not even a full-time political analyst and has no expertise in covering government affairs.
But, of course, we respect her opinion, even if many people might not share it.
Lauren Boebert Makes the Liberal Media Rabid
But other more reputable media outlets have focused on Boebert’s statements about Christianity. Journalists have noted that the Colorado conservative often sprinkles bible scripture in her speeches. Nothing wrong with that but this practice gets under the skin of some reporters.
Conrad Swanson from the Denver Post wrote that Boebert is a threat to democracy because she is part of a “dangerous religious movement.”
Swanson noted that Boebert’s statements about the end of the world, a “religious takeover of America,” and the belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump have established that Boebert is a Christian nationalist.
Christian nationalism is defined by EvangelicalsforDemocracy.org in the following manner. Christian nationalists “believe that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and that the government should take active steps to keep it that way. Thus, their war is to claim the U.S. as a ‘Christian nation’ with an official Christian culture.” Supposedly, this type of Christianity is a threat to democracy, according to anti-Christian nationalists.
Boebert has said rousing things about her Christian faith at various public appearances before, “It’s time for us to position ourselves and rise up and take our place in Christ and influence the nation as we are called to do,” she has said.
Boebert Acts Within the Bounds of the Constitution
Swanson thinks this talk is dangerous. But one could argue that Boebert is expressing her First Amendment rights to convey messages properly about her religious faith. If she invokes others to depend on faith, she is practicing evangelism, which has a long (and legal) history in this country.
Anthea Butler from the University of Pennsylvania says words such as these from Boebert are “dog whistles for violence.” Apparently, Butler is referring to Boebert practicing her Second Amendment right to carry a pistol.
But leftist social scientists are undeterred. They believe that statements from Lauren Boebert that call for removing “unrighteous politicians, these corrupt, crooked politicians,” while electing “righteous men of God in their place,” are somehow a threat.
How is it wrong for Members of Congress to call for Christians to get elected? Boebert is a Conservative Christian, a group that has been practicing their faith and helping elect leaders legally for decades.
We are supposed to believe that Boebert’s Christian beliefs and religious statements are somehow harmful to the country. This is unfortunate. Boebert is not saying anything that is distinct from other Conservative Christians. She is clearly not a “cult leader.”
If you don’t like Boebert for these reasons, then vote her out of office. She barely won her last election, so give money to her opponent and join the campaign against her. Calling her names and ridiculing her Christian faith is wrong.
Meanwhile, Lauren Boebert will keep making declarations about her religious beliefs, and a few leftist journalists and academics are not going to stop her.
Author Expertise and Experience
Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.