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Ed Martin
Ed Martin

ST. LOUIS -- Big government isn't just infringing on the American way of life -- it's preventing heavenly salvation, too.

That according to Republican congressional hopeful Ed Martin, who in an appearance Monday on Tea Party activist Gina Loudon's new radio show, said Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, Martin's Democratic rival, are part of a push to deny Americans religious freedom.

Martin's comments, via Fired Up!, came right after he suggested the country is at an intersection that could see religion "forced from the public square."

Martin, a devout Catholic who previously worked for the Archdiocese, continues:

America's great, not because of our genetics. We're great because we created a place and a space where people can be free and they can choose Christ, they can choose to be faithful, they can worship, and they can find their way to the Lord. Or -- some of them don't. I mean, We sure want them all to, but some of them don't.

And part of that freedom -- when you take a government and you impose, and take away all your choices, one of the choices you take away is to find the Lord, and find your savior.

And that's one of the things that's most destructive about the growth of government is this taking away that freedom, the freedom, the ultimate freedom, to find your salvation, to get your salvation, and to find Christ for me and you, and I think that's one of the things we have to be very, very aware of that the Obama Administration and Congressman Carnahan are doing to us.

Martin's challenge in the traditionally Democratic-district is to mine anti-incumbent sentiment without alienating moderates who will make up most of the voters come November. It's not clear how comments claiming that the White House and Carnahan are trying to rob citizens of their right to religious redemption helps that cause.

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