Recordings have surfaced of EPA chief Scott Pruitt attacking evolution, advocating for a constitutional ban on gay marriage and abortion, and claiming that Christianity is under attack in America and being driven out of the “public square.”
At FFRF, we’re not surprised. We know Pruitt. We dealt with him several times as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Prior to his confirmation, FFRF tried to warn the U.S. Senate that he is an incorrigible theocrat.
Then, on March 2, Politico broke the story of the tapes. In the recordings, Pruitt can be heard saying things like, “There aren’t sufficient scientific facts to establish the theory of evolution.”
He also argues that “the most grievous threat that we have today is this imperialistic judiciary, this judicial monarchy that has it wrong on what the First Amendment’s about and has an objective to create religious sterility in the public square, which is wholly inconsistent with the Founding Fathers’ view.” Pruitt is describing a secular government, which is precisely what the Founders not only wanted, but what they actually designed in our godless Constitution.
He has also recently used the bible to justify his environmental policy.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, which has unprecedented access in this administration, Pruitt put forth his theocratic perspective. He explained: “The biblical worldview with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we’ve been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind.” The article refers to Pruitt as “the kind of guy you might meet in bible study,” and that he “believes God commands us to take care of the environment and that also means to use what He has provided.”
On Jan. 13, 2017, FFRF sent a series of questions to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, holding hearings on Pruitt’s nomination. The first group of questions fell under a heading that sums up all the problems we’re seeing with Pruitt: “Conflicts between [Pruitt’s] personal religion and secular law.”
FFRF laid out the many times Pruitt has chosen his religion over his oath of office. After the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a Ten Commandments monument in front of the Oklahoma Capitol was unconstitutional, Pruitt, in his official capacity as the attorney general of Oklahoma, said, “Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong,” argued that the court’s order was unconstitutional, and filed a new, frivolous legal action in order to defy that order.
We do not live in a theocracy, but that is what Pruitt would have us think. By his own admission, he is running the EPA in accordance with biblical principles. The justified furor that the Politico tapes have generated shows the importance of FFRFs work.
Pruitt has always been a theocrat and has abandoned the duties of his office to cling to an ancient and misguided book. He’s unfit for office — as proven by his reliance on a specious theocratic tome.