Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Department of Education, has a long history of religious zealotry. After marrying a billionaire, DeVos has dedicated much of her time and resources advocating for public funding of religious schools.
Speaking to a group called “The Gathering” – a collection of extremely wealthy Christians whose purpose is to spread Christian ideology – DeVos said: “Our desire is to be in that Shephelah, and to confront the culture in which we all live today in ways that will continue to help advance God’s Kingdom, but not to stay in our own faith territory.”
Trump has been widely criticized for his animosity to the First Amendment’s protections for freedom of speech. His pick of DeVos appears to constitute a new line of attack on the First Amendment – this time on the Establishment Clause, the fundamental basis for the principle of separation between church and state.