An organization that exists solely to promote Christian lawmakers across the nation said it was being persecuted because supposed “Satanists and Atheists” skewed their poll results online.
The National Association of Christian Lawmakers (NACL), headed by Arkansas State Sen. James Rapert, has a number of prominent pro-Christian members on its board of directors, including Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins.
The group is not without controversy. Rapert himself has engaged in anti-LGBTQ conduct, at one point responding to Chick-Fil-A’s decision to be more inclusive by saying that “a false god to homosexuality has been erected in our nation and we are being forced down or pay a price.”
The NACL Twitter account recently posted a poll question, asking, “Do you believe America would be better off if more Christians served in elected office?”
It’s unclear if there’s a dire need for more Christians in government, particularly in Congress. According to Pew Research, more than 88 percent of lawmakers in the federal legislative branch identify as Christian — a number that is considerably higher than the national rate of just over 70 percent of Americans who say they’re Christian.
Twitter polls aren’t scientific, and are easy to disrupt. That appears to have happened to the question NACL put out. As of 9 a.m. Eastern Time, more than 22,000 votes were recorded, with close to 95 percent answering “no” to NACL’s loaded question:
In response to the poll being skewed, NACL issued out another tweet. “We are aware the Satanists and Atheists have decided to pile on this poll,” the organization wrote, pasting a Bible verse below their unfounded assertion.
In a separate tweet later on, NACL also alleged that the comments to their poll question were exemplary of “religious persecution and anti-Christian bigotry.”
Online bullying is never right, but religious persecution in America is less focused on Christians and more pronounced in other religious communities.
According to FBI statistics, only 11.7 percent of religious-based hate crimes centered on Christian groups (including Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Eastern Orthodox, and “other”). Meanwhile, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and other religious minorities represented 82.5 percent of all religious hate crimes in the U.S. in 2018.
The U.S. Constitution provides that no religious test should ever be applied for elected officials to serve in government.