'Republican' Adam Kinzinger: 'No Difference Between' Christians 'and the Taliban'
Congressman makes comments while blasting Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)
"Republican" Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has claimed that there's "no difference between" the beliefs of Christians and that of "the Taliban."
Kinzinger, a key member of the Democrats' anti-Trump Jan. 6 Committee, made the comments while attacking popular GOP lawmaker Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
Boebert had commented that she is "tired" of Christian beliefs being disregarded by lawmakers in Washington D.C.
She argued that the separation of church and state goes too far when it ends up persecuting the religious freedoms of Christians.
Kinzinger responded by branding Boebert to be part of a so-called "Christian Taliban."
"I say this as a Christian," Kinzinger then alleged.
"There is no difference between this and the Taliban," Kinzinger said while sharing a post about Boebert's comments on Twitter.
There is no difference between this and the Taliban. We must opposed the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian— Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️ (@AdamKinzinger) June 29, 2022
While it appears the majority of reactions to Kinzinger's tweet support his sentiments, a number of Twitter users hit back at him:
- Conservative commentator Kurt Schlichter replied "shut up you idiot."
- Conservative speaker Ian Haworth told the congressman, "Pretty sure the 8 year-old girls being raped by the Taliban right now would disagree."
- Beth Baumann, formerly of TheBlaze, asked Kinzinger, "And when have Christians beheaded others?"
- The Washington Times tweeted, "CHUMLEY Adam Kinzinger stupidly calls out ‘Christian Taliban’ - This is a manufactured lie from the left and now, RINO-ey Kinzinger, that ultimately, egregiously and stupidly skews America’s history."
Others were just as annoyed:
- "When did you convert to Christianity?" another user quipped. "I must have missed it."
- "She's more American than you are. I say this as an American," another commenter said. "You're out of line; you know damn well what the Taliban does."
- "Adam, you can call yourself anything you want, but calling yourself a bird doesn't mean you can fly. Calling yourself a Christian doesn't make you one, either. That truth applies to everyone," another user wrote.
- "If you weren't so extreme about it, some of us agnostic conservatives would agree with you," another commenter declared. "But when you cement yourself as radical left wing by saying 'Christian Taliban' and comparing law-abiding citizens to actual mass-murdering terrorists, you lose us. Big swing and miss."
Following a backlash to his comments, Kinzinger appeared to double down on his perspective in at least one instance.
Replying to the above Washington Times tweet, Kinzinger shot back: "It’s interesting.
"When the Taliban rose, we kept saying the 'moderate Muslims' need to speak out (I'm sure you did, too).
"I believe normal Christians need to call out Christian nationalism and the Christian Taliban.
"I can’t find anywhere [that] Jesus said that the [government] matters to him."