State religion? Why not?

03 Apr 2013 07:13 pm
Posted by: Donna

If you worship the concept of “states rights” and revere the 10th Amendment, this proposed resolution in the North Carolina General Assembly/a> should be no problem for you at all.

SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public schools, or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

Of course right wingers love the idea of states being able to establish a religion if they can’t get the federal government to do it (since their commitment to “states rights” is only invoked when convenient). But you know, it would seem to me that even if you are not a rabid social conservative but do think that controversial culture war issues ought to be “left to the states to decide” in the interest of national tranquility, then you should definitely be fine with states (including yours) deciding whether or not to establish an official religion!

If that sounds ridiculous to you then perhaps you should remember how religion can be a very touchy and emotional subject. Some people get terribly upset that other people refuse to join them in practicing what they believe is the one true faith. Since they tend to be people who make a lot of noise and have power and influence behind them, isn’t it only reasonable to accommodate them so that we can all get along? And isn’t it awfully generous to allow the states to determine whether or not you have to observe an official religion rather than getting in a big, messy national fight over it that distracts from more important issues? I mean, that’s what people have been telling me about abortion and gay rights for years. Sauce for the gander, and all.

3 Comments

  1. Comment by Bob on April 5, 2013 7:06 am

    If Arizona adopted a state religion, it would, no doubt, be modeled on the Westboro Baptist Church.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on April 6, 2013 9:18 am

    I for one would love to see a blue state like CA or MA bring to a “vote” making the state religion Paganism, or even better Islam.
    Loos like NC has killed the bill, but not before their entire state look idiotic. Good thing stuff like this never happens here.
    I like how the wingnut poobahs harumph-harumph about state rights because the Feds won’t act on their narrow and bigoted ideals, yet when Bisbeee makes it’s own decisions because the state won’t act on Bisbees ideals, the howler monkees squeal in outrage. It’s a good thing we’ve got Tom Horne (dog) using his experience to uphold the sanctity of marriage.

    Hey hey hey! Tempe (yay!) looks like they may be next!
    Allbetcha Tucson will have somehing in the works.

  3. Comment by Timmys Cat on April 6, 2013 9:21 am

    Speeling is mai secund langawage.

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