Monday, March 06, 2006

Missouri Considering Christianity as Official Religion

I have a few friends and regular visitors who are stuck out there, and man, I just have to say I'm so, so sorry for you.

The lawmakers have to know this is unconstitutional, but it still makes sense for them to propose it, even with the wasted resources involved, just to rally their troops in an election year. It also has the fringe benefit of allowing certain politicians to point to the supreme court and make all sorts of accusations: activist judges, lack of democratic process, atheist cabal of liberals, etc. etc. It doesn't matter if any of that is true or not, it only matters that it will stick.

State bill proposes Christianity be Missouri’s official religion
09:24 PM CST on Saturday, March 4, 2006
By John Mills, News 4

Missouri legislators in Jefferson City considered a bill that would name Christianity the state's official "majority" religion.

House Concurrent Resolution 13 has is pending in the state legislature.

Many Missouri residents had not heard about the bill until Thursday.

Karen Aroesty of the Anti-defamation league, along with other watch-groups, began a letter writing and email campaign to stop the resolution.

The resolution would recognize "a Christian god," and it would not protect minority religions, but "protect the majority's right to express their religious beliefs.

The resolution also recognizes that, "a greater power exists," and only Christianity receives what the resolution calls, "justified recognition."

State representative David Sater of Cassville in southwestern Missouri, sponsored the resolution, but he has refused to talk about it on camera or over the phone.

KMOV also contacted Gov. Matt Blunt's office to see where he stands on the resolution, but he has yet to respond.

Posted by crimnos @ 8:31 AM

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YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!! This is absolutely crazy. What even crazier about this is that being from Missouri I know there are people out there that are crazy enough to whole heartedly support this bill. I know what I am doing over lunch. I have letters/e-mails to write. Stupid Neo-Cons in Missouri. We need to redraw the state line to exclude them, they can then have their own little place between Missouri and Arkansas, and we can call it the State of Purgatory, or better yet, The [bible] Belt. Springfield can be the capital. Their capital can actually be housed in one of the insanely large churches. Here are a couple of possible locations, never mind, there is over according to the yellow pages there are over 200 churches in Springfield, I would say that really there’s probably about 50 that could serve as a suitable state capital.

Posted by Blogger Blake @ 11:42 AM #
 

First of all...quite simply put:

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This goes against the most basic of principles in the constitution. The establishment of an official religion, and that religion being entertwined with the government. That being said, let me also say that BS like this happens ever year. Remember the resolution in I think it was Ohio that sought to disallow singles or same sex couples from utilizing invitro, even to the extent that they must pass a test similar to those conducted during the civil rights period.

I see this as a legislator from a small rural area trying to please his constituents. He knows that it will never pass, and even if it did, it would be constitutionally overturned.

Either Blake or I will pass this on to cellar door, and it will be furthered to MySpace

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 11:52 AM #
 
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