Earlier this week, Rep. Randy Forbes, the Virginia Republican who frequently mixed church and state during his 15 years in Congress, lost his primary battle — despite outspending his opponent by a factor of 10. His loss makes him the second Tea Partier in recent weeks to lose a primary, as well as the second to lose due to redistricting.
Simon Brown, writing for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, reminds us why Forbes was a favorite of the Religious Right:
In 2009, Forbes backed a resolution that outlined “73 milestones of spirituality and faith in the United States.” The measure also recognized what he caimed were “the religious foundations of faith” that “form the inseparable foundation for America’s representative processes, legal systems and societal structures.”
In 2011, Forbes sponsored a resolution that reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and encouraged its display in public spaces.
A year later, Forbes and his allies wrote to then-Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz in protest of the removal of “God” from the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) logo.
Forbes is also heavily involved with the Congressional Prayer Caucus.
I guess this loss is God’s way of saying thanks.
State Del. Scott Taylor, who defeated Forbes, will now face mostly unknown Democrat Shaun Brown in November.