By SARAH MCCAMMON
Talking about God is pretty standard for American politicians. But a line that has been popping up often in Donald Trump’s recent campaign speeches seems to go further.
At a recent gathering of conservative Christians in Washington, D.C., Trump promised that if he is elected president, “we will be one American nation.” The Republican nominee quoted the Bible and spelled out his vision for American unity:
“Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one flag,” Trump said, drawing enthusiastic applause from the crowd at the Values Voter Summit.
It’s the phrase “one God” that’s catching the ear of some groups, who argue it is at odds with the American promise of religious freedom.
It’s not clear what Trump means by it; his campaign hasn’t responded to multiple requests for comment from NPR.
The line worries Barry Lynn, executive director of the advocacy group Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“What I hear is someone who simply doesn’t understand that one of the great strengths of this country is the diversity of nationalities, of origins — the differences of opinions about religion, and ideas about religion,” he said.