Apr 3 2013

First Amendment doesn’t apply here: N.C. lawmakers push bill for state religion

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a bill declaring that the state has the power to establish an official religion — a direct challenge to the First Amendment.

The bill says that federal courts do not have the power to decide what is constitutional, and says the state does not recognize federal court rulings that prohibit North Carolina and its schools from favoring a religion.

The bill was introduced Monday by two Republican representatives from Rowan County, north of Charlotte, and sponsored by seven other Republicans. The party controls both chambers of the North Carolina Legislature.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued last month to stop the Rowan County Commission from opening meetings with Christian prayers. One of those prayers declared that “there is only one way to salvation, and that is Jesus Christ,” the ACLU said.

The bill does not specify a religion.

The North Carolina ACLU chapter said in a statement Tuesday that the sponsors of the bill “fundamentally misunderstand constitutional law and the principle of the separation of powers that dates back to the founding of this country.”

North Carolina scholars also cast doubt on the bill.

“It has elements of not being American,” Gary Freeze, a professor of politics and history at Catawba College, told The Salisbury Post. “I think it goes far beyond religion and frankly doesn’t have a lot to do with North Carolina or tradition.”

Well. This is terrifying.

Source: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/03/17584491-first-amendment-doesnt-apply-here-nc-lawmakers-push-bill-for-state-religion?lite

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    0_0 THE FUCK?
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    Guess where I’m never going?
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    wut.
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    First Amendment? Pshaw. What does it have to say… "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…"...
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    http://motherjones.com/mojo/2013/04/cuccinelli-wants-rehearing-virginias-anti-sodomy-lawNot much better
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    Scary, scary stuff. Especially if they manage to set a dangerous precedent. Also - they are total nutjobs……
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    Imagine being born and raised in this state. And having two braincells to rub together. It’s absolutely terrifying. And...
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    In case you didn’t hate North Carolina already, just remember this extra bit of info: Sodomy, aka, buttsex is illegal....
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    I wonder what these guys would do if the SCOTUS struck down a firearms ban on second amendment grounds. Or if abortion...
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