The Republican Senate candidate for Nevada is accusing Democratic lawmakers of trying to "make government our God."
Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle told a Christian radio network that's why Democrats are expanding entitlement programs.
"What's happening in this country is a violation of the First Commandment," Angle told Trunews in the April interview, which is posted on the network's website.
"We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We're supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government," she said.
Angle's opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, called her statements "frightening."
"The fact that Sharron Angle believes she's on a religious crusade to eliminate critical programs like Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment insurance that help hundreds of thousands of Nevadans in need is both dangerous and extreme," Reid's campaign said in a statement Wednesday.
The campaign cited Angle's words as proof she believed church-state separation is unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, a new television ad by Angle blamed Reid for the state's troubled economy.
"The only thing he's delivered for Nevada is hardship," the ad said.