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Rep. Max Miller should realize that the people he insulted are the people who put him in office

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A Republican lawmaker recently issued an apology for a social media post concerning religious freedom directed at a pro-life activist. This apology came after facing criticism from conservatives as well as a progressive lawmaker.

The incident occurred when Representative Max Miller, representing Ohio, requested Lizzie Marbach, the director of communications at Right to Life Ohio, to delete her post on a social media platform formerly known as Twitter. The post in question stated, "There’s no hope for any of us outside of having faith in Jesus Christ alone."

In response, Mr. Miller expressed his strong disapproval on his own social media account, stating, "This is one of the most bigoted tweets I have ever seen. Delete it, Lizzie. Religious freedom in the United States applies to every religion. You have gone too far."

However, several hours later, Mr. Miller, who is of Jewish faith, issued an apology for his initial remark. "I posted something earlier that conveyed a message I did not intend. I will not try to hide my mistake or run from it. I sincerely apologize to Lizzie and to everyone who read my post," he stated in a subsequent post.

Despite his apology, Mr. Miller's initial condemnation of Ms. Marbach's statement triggered criticism from conservatives, who viewed his characterization of the post as "bigoted" as unwarranted. Matt Walsh, a columnist for The Daily Wire, questioned the reasoning behind Mr. Miller's request for the deletion of the post, stating, "As a GOP congressman from Ohio, why in the world would you think it a good idea to condemn someone as bigoted for professing their Christian faith and demand that they delete it?"

Likewise, conservative radio host Erick Erickson voiced his opinion on social media, highlighting Mr. Miller's reference to "basic Christian orthodoxy" and expressing surprise at the reaction from the Ohio congressman.

Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's Republican presidential campaign, emphasized the importance of respecting freedom of expression, irrespective of religious beliefs, stating, "Regardless of anyone's religious beliefs, it's just fundamentally wrong for a member of Congress to order a citizen to delete a tweet. This isn't a dictatorship."

Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, who is part of the House progressive caucus, also joined in on the criticism of Mr. Miller's initial post. She defended Ms. Marbach's right to express her core beliefs and principles of faith and emphasized that it should not be viewed as bigotry. In addition, Rep. Omar pointed out the contradiction of discussing religious freedom while simultaneously harassing those who freely express their beliefs.

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