Texas church responds to controversy after anti-Biden chant goes viral

A number of critics are up in arms after a political chant broke out at a megachurch in Texas recently.

According to reports, a slogan commonly used to disparage President Joe Biden was shouted by attendees at an event held by Cornerstone Church in San Antonio.

“Does not endorse their views”

Although the chant of “Let’s Go Brandon” did not take place during a service, the church is nonetheless facing a backlash after video clips of the incident went viral on social media.

The church was hosting a “Reawaken America” event that feature multiple speakers closely linked to former President Donald Trump. In response to the criticism, the church issued a statement distancing itself from the behavior of those present for the political event.

“This past week, Cornerstone Church facilities were used by an outside organization,” the church explained. “Cornerstone Church is not associated with this organization and does not endorse their views.”

A number of social media critics labeled the gathering a forum for “QAnon” conspiracy theorists and other fringe partisan extremists.

With Biden’s approval rating continuing to trend downward, the anti-Biden phrase has been heard in an increasing number of public places in recent weeks. As Slate noted, the “secretly vulgar” slogan originated following a NASCAR rally as fans in the stands shouted an obscene chant that was misinterpreted by a reporter on the scene.

“White nationalist cult rally”

Oklahoma pastor Jeremy Coleman, for example, expressed his disgust upon hearing the controversial slogan being shouted within a church.

“A euphemism for, you know, less than well wishes for the president of the United States and it has become a kind of radical conservative rallying cry,” he asserted. “It was gut-wrenching and heartbreaking.”

Coleman went on to denounce the entire event as a “white nationalist cult rally.”

The ordeal led to renewed calls for churches to be taxed, though law professor Bill Piatt argued that such language is covered under the provisions of the First Amendment.

“It’s an expression of dissatisfaction with the current president of the United States in a building that’s owned by the church,” he said. “Just because the hearer finds it offensive doesn’t mean that the federal government or state government has a right to impose a penalty for that speech.”

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