North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn says his job as an elected representative is to wage a “spiritual battle” against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), whom he referred to as having “cold, evil’ eyes.

Cawthorn made his remarks over the weekend at the North Carolina Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Salt & Light Conference,” according to Right Wing Watch. The conference featured religious and right-wing activists who don’t care that church and state are not supposed to be mixed.

The congressman began his remarks by claiming that prayer is the solution to every problem facing the United States:

“I believe that the power of prayer will save this country in the coming decades. When I’m in Washington, D.C., I know a lot of you consider the place to be evil and vile, and I am here to tell you with first-hand knowledge, it is evil and vile. But I will tell you when I’m there, I don’t feel an overwhelming sense of darkness as if the devil has complete dominion of that area because I feel a spiritual battle going on on Capitol Hill. And patriots like all of you in this room, on your knees, praying that we have the cover within the spiritual fight is what it will take to save this country.”

Cawthorn then began attacking Pelosi:

“I have to look Nancy Pelosi in her cold, evil eyes every single day. She just passed a bill yesterday trying to say that we can abort babies on demand all the way up until right before the day of birth. When we hear this, when we hear the fact that if a baby comes through a botched abortion alive, sitting there on the table, they then still have the right to murder that child, we realize that when I quip and say, ‘I look her in her cold, evil eyes,’ it’s not a joke. These people hate us.”

Actually, no such legislation was passed by the House. The bill Cawthorn is referring to merely reaffirms that the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision from the Supreme Court is the law of the land and should not be overridden by states such as Texas without another ruling from the high court.

Later in his speech, Cawthorn quite clearly called for Christians to oppose “tyranny” by the government, despite the fact that the congressman and his ilk are the ones trying to impose their beliefs on others:

“I will tell you, the only way that we take our country back is when strong, God-fearing patriots decide it is time for us to stand up and say, ‘No’ to your tyranny. It is time for the American Christian church to come out of the shadows, to say no longer are we going to allow our culture to be determined by people who hate the things that we believe in. We are going to stand valiantly for God’s incredible, inerrant truths that predate any version of government. Because my friends, if we lose this country today, if we bend the knee to the Democrats today, our country will be lost forever, and our children will never know what freedom is. It’s our duty to stand up. I encourage you—let us stand united as men and women of faith to fight for our country!”

Anyone that wants to practice their religion is free to do so in this country. But forcing your religious views on others is wrong and the ultimate form of tyranny. Cawthorn needs to read some of Thomas Jefferson’s writings on the subject before he begins spouting BS.