North Carolina GOP politicians want to make Christianity their "State" religion and have proposed a bill that would exempt the state from the US
Constitution and court rulings.
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, wral.com reported.
All these people screaming about how the Democrats are undermining our constitution, and then the GOP tries to do this? Freedom of religion and
freedom from religion is one of the pillars of American society. In my opinion these legislators are dangerous and are enemies of the US Constitution
and should be held accountable as such.
I find this so offensive and arrogant! What is wrong with these people? What happened to "no religious test shall ever be required as a
qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
This a blatant conspiracy to undermine our constitution and to force a religious state, a state religion on the American people, with a preference for
Christianity. But, anyone who denies their "state god" is ### out of luck.
I can't imagine anything more unAmerican!
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.
The North Carolina state constitution disqualifies those who do not believe in God from public office. The provision has been unenforcible since
the 1961 Supreme Court decision in Torcaso v. Watkins, which prohibited such bans.
Uninforcible, maybe. But are atheists electable?
As it is, atheists and alternate religious groups are being discriminated against by Christians in America everyday.
It’s well known that there aren’t many open atheists in Congress or in state government, and that atheists aren’t held in high esteem by
potential voters. Some question our dedication to what they view as a “Christian nation” while others feel that they can’t relate to a candidate
who doesn’t share the same faith as they do. Whatever the reason, public distrust isn’t the only means by which atheists are discouraged for
running from office. In fact, running for a spot in state legislatures as an atheist is outright illegal in some states. Obviously, these laws are
trumped by the “No Religious Test Clause” of the United States Constitution, which is found in Article VI, paragraph 3, and states that:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of
the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be
required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
However, the Constitution means little in these states.
Arkansas, Article 19, Section 1: No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be
competent to testify as a witness in any Court.
Maryland, Article 37: That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than
a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this
Mississippi, Article 14, Section 265: No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.
North Carolina, Article 6, Section 8 The following persons shall be disqualified for office: Any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.
South Carolina, Article 17, Section 4: No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.
Tennessee, Article 9, Section 2: No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the
civil department of this state.
Texas, Article 1, Section 4:
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding
office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.
It's easy to see that Christians themselves can't agree on a definition of "GOD" just by reading the religious forums here on ATS. Some think the
10 Commandments should be posted in public courthouses, while others think that the Old Testament laws don't apply to Christians.
Some want to pull the teaching of evolution from public schools in favor of creationism, and others think that science and religion can co-exist.
Many want to outlaw abortion and contraception and stem cell research and envitro reproduction, while others may not agree, but support the idea of a
woman's choice and scientific advancements in the arena. Some hate homosexuals and others are more tolerant.
What I'm saying is that the Christian community isn't unified enough to declare itself a "state religion" (thankfully) and a bill declaring a
state religion can only exacerbate more division, even among Christians, little alone alienating those who don't follow Biblical traditions.
This bill is a bad idea, blatantly unconstitutional, bigoted and unAmerican. These religious whackos need to be stopped in their tracks!