A photo of Jason Crow labeled "Secularist of the week" next to a photo of Josh Schriver labeled "Theocrat of the week"

FFRF Action Fund celebrates U.S. rep’s gun violence response, condemns bigoted state rep 

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FFRF Action Fund’s “Theocrat of the Week” title goes to a Michigan legislator who defends spreading a white supremacist conspiracy theory and claims, “God called me to represent him in government.” Our “Secularist of the Week” honorific goes to a Colorado member of Congress who is working to do more than just sending “thoughts and prayers” to victims of gun violence. 

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, representing Colorado’s 6th District in Congress, has spoken about his intent to make real change happen in response to gun violence. In an interview on MSNBC, Crow said his “thoughts and prayers” went out to the victims of the Kansas City Super Bowl Parade shooting and their families, but he added: “I’m a member of Congress. I’m not a member of the clergy. And my job is not to just send thoughts and prayers. My job is to legislate and try to solve problems, and that’s why I have been pushing hard to try and solve it.”

Crow called these instances of gun violence a “uniquely American problem.” A former Army Ranger, Crow has a long history of advocating for gun control and made the issue a major part of his campaign before taking office. We thank Crow for pointing out the empty “thoughts and prayers” offered to victims of gun violence instead of effective, legislative action.

Our “theocrat” this week, Michigan state Rep. Josh Schriver, representing the 66th District in the Legislature, reposted a shameless image depicting the white nationalist “replacement theory” in early February — a theory implicated in significant racist violence.  Schriver did not remove the tweet following extensive backlash. The image originally came from alt-right activist Jack Posobiec, who has a long history of promoting blatant white supremacist propaganda. Amid backlash, Schriver, instead of apologizing or backpedaling, appeared on Posobiec’s podcast to further defend his actions. 

Schriver told Posobiec that he entered politics because God had called upon him, then repeated the Christian nationalist trope: “The separation of church and state is to keep the state from infringing upon the church. The church has every freedom.” Schriver went on to say, “We need to be representing God in government to reflect his excellency and his beauty in our communities, otherwise there will be a God void that will inevitably be filled with godless individuals that will create a godless nation … where there will be death and destruction.” Schriver continuously defended his repost on X in the following days.  

Schriver was stripped of his committee assignments and office staff budget following backlash and was publicly denounced by Michigan House Speaker Joe Tate and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Schriver lost all his committee placements, his single staff member and his $132,000 office budget. Schriver will still be permitted to vote on legislation.

FFRF Action Fund recently called out Schriver when he announced his intent to establish a legal distinction between Christian churches and Satanic Temples in Michigan by effectively eliminating the tax-exempt status of churches he disfavors.

Congratulations to Michigan’s legislative leadership for demoting Schriver for his promotion of heinous ideas, and to our “Secularist of the Week” Rep. Crow for recognizing that legislation, not religion, is his job.

FFRF Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that develops and advocates for legislation, regulations and government programs to preserve the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. It also advocates for the rights and views of nonbelievers, endorses candidates for political office, and publicizes the views of elected officials concerning religious liberty issues.