June 2022 Church & State Magazine

Candidate Vows ‘Christ Will Reign’ In Idaho

  Candidate Vows ‘Christ Will Reign’ In Idaho

A candidate who sought to become Idaho’s next governor promised that if she was elected, “Christ will reign” in the state.

Janice McGeachin (R), who is currently the state’s lieutenant governor, told a talk-radio host last month, “God calls us to pick up the sword and fight, and Christ will reign in the state of Idaho.” (The interview was first reported by People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch.

Blogger Hemant Mehta reported that McGeachin has a long history of pushing Christian nationalist views. Mehta noted that she appeared in a promotional video for a group that opposed COVID restrictions in the state holding a Bible in one hand and a handgun in the other.

Observed Mehta, “This isn’t about Jesus. This is about worshiping Donald Trump and whatever the MAGA cultists want and doing it all under the banner of Christ.”

The GOP primary was held May 17. McGeachin, who had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, lost to incumbent Gov. Brad Little, capturing about 31% of the vote.


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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