Opinion: Josh Hawley is disturbingly wrong: The US Constitution is not based on the Bible

Photo by Alex Brandon / The Associated Press / Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri gave a speech last Monday explaining what he views as the biblical foundations of American government.

"Without the Bible, there is no modernity," Hawley told the National Conservatism Conference. "Without the Bible, there is no America."

You can guess what came next: a confusing stew of inaccurate history, dubious theology and extreme hypocrisy that should worry everyone who believes in the separation of church and state.

Hawley's views must be resisted, and his fumbling theocracy rejected. He's at the forefront of a dangerous, growing movement: White Christian nationalism is overtaking the Republican Party, endangering religious freedom for everyone.

"We are a revolutionary nation precisely because we are heirs of the revolution of the Bible," Hawley said. No. Our constitutional government, and therefore our nation, isn't based on the Bible, or any religious text.