Anyone still think charges of theocracy are funny?

State bill proposes Christianity be Missouri’s official religion [1]

Missouri legislators in Jefferson City considered a bill that would name Christianity the state’s official “majority” religion.

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.”

Can anyone imagine a more blatantly, flat-out unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause? I mean, holy frack, Captain Pizza might as well build his theocracity in Missouri instead of Florida if this passes (and doesn’t get laughed out of the Supreme Court).

Hat tip to Atrios.

I thought this sort of open, shameless discrimination with a “states’ rights” cover went out of style in the sixties. Everything old is new again under Bush, I guess.

(/) Roland X
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To quote Jefferson: (none / 1)

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate which would be oppression.

–Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1801

by Morgan on Fri Mar 3rd, 2006 at 12:03:25 PDT

BTW, this is also covered (none / 1)

on the front page. Roland may have missed that, since I know he has to skim while he reads on breaks at work :-).

by Morgan on Fri Mar 3rd, 2006 at 12:06:46 PDT

As I said (none / 1)

over at my place, I wonder:

exactly what part of “Congress shall make no law respecting …an establishment of religion…” the fatuous git who sponsored the bill in question failed to understand.

Feel free to drop said fatuous git a line and let him know your opinion of his bill. That last linky is his e-mail address.

Michael

by musing85 on Fri Mar 3rd, 2006 at 12:50:48 PDT

I never did think it was funny. (none / 1)

I think it’s a horrible idea.

And this from a woman who spent 12 years a Jehovah’s witness.  I resigned, but I don’t regret doing it either.

by loggersbrat on Fri Mar 3rd, 2006 at 14:05:53 PDT

Had this on the main page today (none / 0)

no big deal (goodness knows the main page repeats stuff the diaries have covered a lot – especially on crappy stuff like this) – but did want to note that it was noted and heartily disapproved of by at least this representative of the xtian side of things here

post was titled “Utterly Repulsive”

Now – to be fair (as if the theocrats really deserve it…) the article that Atrios (and hence Roland and I both) cited is about as badly written and overblown as the bill itself is.

The bill is not explicitly calling for an official religion – rather it addresses (badly imo) school prayer.  I think it’s a bad bill and will be writing the author -as a fellow Christian because sadly, those who aren’t apparently don’t count in his world – to tell him what a piece of unecessary ungodly claptrap this garbage concurrent resolution is…

but it’s not quite as extreme as the article makes it out to be. Some phrases are rather creatively strung together in an inflamatory manner in the article.

still – I’m kind of glad to see it get negative attention as the driving idea behind both an fairly tame school prayer bill and what the article makes it appear are essentially the same

and neither reflect Jeffersonian / American ideals.

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by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Fri Mar 3rd, 2006 at 15:52:49 PDT

It is a perfect fit. (4.00 / 2)

Whether it is prayer in schools or some public declaration of loyality to church, it is a perfect fit for the rightwing.  

Once more the classic moralizing without personal cost or sacrifice.  They will consistently do whatever sounds good to them just as long as it doesn’t require a tax increase or any personal work.

Here is the deal.  Prayer in schools does not create or even contribute to a moral society.  Symbols never do this.  What does it is hard work on moral issues.  It is not passing a law called “No Child Left Behind” it is raising the funds and doing the necessary work to assure that “No Child is actually Left Behind” in the real world.

My kids were all taught “that which you have done unto the least among you” in First Day School.  However, the lesson that took and had actual meaning to them was when we (their parents) got up from our chairs and started delivering service to “the least among us”.

If you wish to create a moral society, act faithfully each and everyday.  Be of service to your fellow man.  Please don’t waste our time with irritating, inane, and pointless resolutions.

by Quakerbill on Fri Mar 3rd, 2006 at 18:49:29 PDT

Question (none / 0)

Who put this guy up to this?

I hope he’s enjoying his 15 minutes.

The Christian right is neither.

by Lucky Ducky on Fri Mar 3rd, 2006 at 19:33:04 PDT

Majority Rules (none / 1)

Thanks for addressing this issue. As a Missourian I found it greatly distressing. Here is my take on the issue over at Ethics Daily: Majority Rules.

by Kaylor on Tue Mar 7th, 2006 at 08:58:38 PDT

[1] Link was to http://www.kmov.com/topstories/stories/030206ccklrKmovreligionbill.7d361c3f.html

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