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North Carolina Republican State Legislators Seek to Establish a State Religion


Eleven North Carolina state House members are unhappy with federal court rulings related to when and where “overtly Christian prayers” can be made, and so they’ve introduced a bill that declares that North Carolina doesn’t have to listen to what the federal government, or Constitution, says. Taking it another step, the bill says the state can establish it’s own religion.

From HuffPo:

The bill, filed Monday by two GOP lawmakers from Rowan County and backed by nine other Republicans, says each state ‘is sovereign’ and courts cannot block a state ‘from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.’ The legislation was filed in response to a lawsuit to stop county commissioners in Rowan County from opening meetings with a Christian prayer, reported.

More from WRAL:

The legislation grew out of a dispute between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. In a federal lawsuit filed last month, the ACLU says the board has opened 97 percent of its meetings since 2007 with explicitly Christian prayers. …

In a 2011 ruling on a similar lawsuit against the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not ban prayer at government meetings outright, but said prayers favoring one religion over another are unconstitutional.

The HuffPo piece adds this important note:

The religion bill comes as some Republican-led states seek to separate themselves from the federal government, primarily on the issues of guns and Obamacare. This includes a proposal in Mississippi to establish a state board with the power to nullify federal laws.

House Bill 494 was filed by Republican Rowan County Reps. Harry Warren and Carl Ford. Among the other nine sponsors are Majority Leader Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, and Budget Chairman Justin Burr, R-Stanly.

The bill reads:

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.

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9 Responses to North Carolina Republican State Legislators Seek to Establish a State Religion

  1. jinbaltimore April 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Guessing it won’t be Secular Humanism?

    • Joyce Arnold April 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      I’d say that’s a very safe bet :)

      Not only would it be one particular religion, it would be one particular understanding of one particular religion …

  2. Cujo359 April 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    So much for Tea Partiers being Constitutional literalists. From Amendment Fourteen:

    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    I realize that’s not a popular amendment south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but it hasn’t been repealed yet.

    • Joyce Arnold April 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

      Apparently the NC legislators involved in this don’t feel the need for repealing federal constitutional amendments. They’ll just decide which ones the state will abide by, and which they’ll ignore.

  3. secularhumanizinevoluter April 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Just when you think these dumber then DAWH shit, imbecilic repugnantKLAN, teabagging, UBERCHreistofascists have bottomed out in the stupid crazy pool they break out the heavy drilling equipment and dig down lower then anyone ever thought humanly possible. This along with the state ofd brainiacs who just outlawed abortion….tell me again how they are NOT domestic terrorists?

    • Joyce Arnold April 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

      These guys have indeed dug a very deep hole. Makes me wonder what comes next …

  4. angels81 April 5, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Just a update, The bill was killed by the republican majority leader, and it will not be allowed to proceed to the floor.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter April 5, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      The bill has been killed but the Dems should make damned sure it was proposed and supported in the first place.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter April 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

        Should say make damned sure the electorate knows…..

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