WASHINGTON — North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx told a gathering of social conservatives Friday that if religion is left out of politics, the control of government will be left to the “Philistines.”
Foxx was recounting a story about when she ran for state Senate and churchgoers told her that religion and politics shouldn’t mix since politics are “dirty.”
“Let me tell you something if people of faith are not involved in political life, then you are leaving it to the Philistines,” Foxx replied. The congresswoman was speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference before a crowd with plenty of empty seats. The Philistines are a people referenced in the Bible as the main enemy of the Israelites.
Foxx spoke following other congressmen who touched on similar themes. Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice said that “we are in the fight of our lives for our country.”
“The core of that battle is the spiritual need, and the fact that we have and we do need to preserve the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this nation was established,” Hice said. He added that “spiritual problems cannot be resolved by political solutions.”