Republican Arizona gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake urged Americans Thursday to “bring God back” and allow children to have “a foundation based on God.”
At one of Lake’s “Ask Me Anything” tour stops, she was asked whether she thought it would be possible to put prayer back in American schools to which she responded, “I think it’s possible.”
Lake explained prayer in schools should be protected under “freedom of speech,” which is a core principle in her campaign. “I’m all for that,” she said.
“I think at some schools, they do give time if you want to, but the bare minimum. We need to bring God back,” the former news anchor said.
Lake added that Arizona’s state motto is “God enriches.” She suggested the state should translate the motto from Latin to English so students could better understand what it means. “Let our children know about God,” she urged.
As an America First and Trump-endorsed candidate, Lake has been a fierce advocate for religious freedom. She lamented, “We’ve taken God out of everything, out of our culture, out of our movies, out of everything. You can’t even bring up God.”
Contrary to the modern progressive narrative, Lake has integrated Christian morals into her campaign by frequently emphasizing “bringing God back” into American life. “Without God, we are nothing,” she said. “We need to bring God back.”
Lake also shared her own experience with God. “I’m really blessed that I was raised in a home where we went to Sunday school every week, and I’m not going to say I’ve always been the best Christian,” she said. “I miss church here and then, but the fact that I knew about the Bible, the fact that I knew about God, that I knew about Jesus, that I had that foundation, even when I strayed away…I needed to lean on God a lot and I’m so glad I had that foundation and knew about that.
Interacting with the crowd at her “Ask Me Anything” event, Lake asked how many people present had found themselves “praying a little more to God” during the recent challenges facing the nation. Almost everyone in the room raised their hand in agreement with Lake.
Lake concluded her thoughts by expressing concern that the next generation of children does not have that same “foundation” to “lean on.” She said, “I wish every child had some sort of a foundation based on God.”