Cris Dush Once Violated U.S. Constitution by Telling Students Haiti Devastated By Hurricane Because They “Didn’t Denounce the Devil”

Pennsylvania Representative Cris Dush has come under scrutiny since announcing his plans to introduce articles of impeachment against the five sitting Pennsylvania State Supreme Court justices who ruled against partisan gerrymandering.  Gerrymandering reform activists from Keystone Progress, Tuesdays with Toomey and other local Indivisible chapters had the opportunity to confront Representative Dush in his office over his antics, and I had the chance to ask the Representative why he wants to impeach these Supreme Court justices.  His answer can be seen below:

 

Now, if we’re going to talk about constitutionality and the rule of law, there’s this thing called the first amendment and the separation of church and state.  At a 2016 Brookville Area School District Veteran’s Day assembly, Representative Dush told a group of school students that Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew, a category five hurricane that caused $1.9 billion in damage and killed 546 people, because of Haitians “refusal to denounce the devil.”

This, of course, prompted complaints submitted by parents to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and American Atheists.  According to the ACLU complaint, Representative Dush “opened the event by instructing students to bow their heads and pray to the ‘Lord’ and ‘Jesus Christ,'” and “VFW Chaplain James Porter concluded the program with a prayer.”  The ACLU stated that “allowing these speakers onto school grounds to proselytize or preach to students during the school day violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S.  Constitution.”

Chris Dush Told Students that Haiti was Destroyed by Hurricane Because They Refused to Denounce the Devil by Sean Kitchen on Scribd

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