Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll spoke at a rally Thursday in Orlando where she suggested that the media is antagonistic toward Christians and exaggerates stories about God to "poison the minds of the majority."
"Today unfortunately many in the media would like nothing better than to ridicule Christians," Carroll said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition rally. "They promote The Da Vinci code, they place doubt in the public's mind that Christ was not risen, and they condemn the passion of Christ."
Carroll said the media exaggerates stories about removing God from the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer in public schools that "poison the minds of the majority."
She told the crowd that the media controls the masses just as "dictators and socialist rulers did."
The Faith and Freedom Coalition rally coincided with the Presidency 5, a three-day Republican Party event that included a televised debate between GOP presidential candidates and a straw poll.
According to The Miami Herald, other speakers at the rally spoke about God and the Bible.
Carroll spoke about her own relationship with God, saying she survived a recent health scare because of her faith.
"The only reason I survived was because God heard my professed commitment to him. There is no gray area," she said. "You either believe or you don’t believe."
Carroll called upon the crowd to be faithful in times of adversity.
"In today's society we will trust the car salesmen and the government more than we trust in the Lord. Christianity is in a fight and it is one of the greatest trials we have seen in modern times."
She added, God "whips up a storm to let us know we are not in control. When these storms are brewing up you never hear anyone praying to Satan."
Carroll became the first black female Republican elected to the Florida Legislature, and in 2010 became the state's first black lieutenant governor.
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, believes that Carroll's speech at the rally is an example of how politicians force their religious beliefs on voters.
"What the Lt. Gov., Gov. Scott and much of the legislature want is not freedom of religion, but government-funded, government-sponsored and government-enforced religion," Simon said, according to Florida Today. "Fortunately, our constitutional values protect every Floridian from politicians who mix religion and public policy for political gain."