N. Carolina Lawmakers Want to Declare State Religion
They say Constitution forbids Congress, not states, from doing so
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2013 5:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – The US Constitution might have a problem with merging church and state on the federal level, but two lawmakers in North Carolina say that shouldn't apply to their state or any other, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. The two Rowan County Republicans have introduced the Defense of Religion Act, arguing that North Carolina should be able to declare an official state religion. Their chances of success? Not so hot, reports the Week, which rounds up reaction from a host of outlets.

All of this stems from a lawsuit filed by the ACLU last month to stop Rowan County commissioners from opening their meetings with a prayer, reports WRAL.com. Two quotes from the competing camps:

  • "Each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion," states the bill.
  • “The bill sponsors fundamentally misunderstand constitutional law and the principle of the separation of powers that dates back to the founding of this country,” says the ACLU.
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Apr 4, 2013 7:38 PM CDT
I`m christian , and I think this is a bad idea ! there`s been enough damage done to the constitution the last four and a half years under the reign of his royal majesty bammy the first !
Apr 4, 2013 3:32 PM CDT
Also from the same group in the same week: Senate Education Committee Chair Jerry Tillman convinced a committee not to require criminal background checks for charter school teachers. The obsession with charters and vouchers to undermine public education is so strong that even children’s safety is apparently not a concern. A House committee voted to repeal renewable energy standards that more than 80 percent of people in the state support. Bills were filed to use the state tax code to penalize parents if their children in college have the gall to register and vote in the town where they attend school. The Senate voted to repeal the Racial Justice Act, sending a message that racial bias in the death penalty is not their concern. Lawmakers approved Governor Pat McCrory’s appointment of a man to the State Board of Education who not only favors voucher schemes but doesn’t seem to think that gay and lesbian students deserve protection from bullying. McCrory himself held a press conference to announce he was turning over the state Medicaid program that takes care of the most vulnerable people in the state to the profiteers on Wall Street. Republican leaders show no signs of slowing down their dismantling of North Carolina and the blizzard of reactionary legislation will no doubt continue. [http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2013/04/04/the-nc-gop-jumps-the-shark/] and the big winner: Saying that NC-state students can't have co-ed dorms. That's not living in the same room (unless they are family) that's just living in the same building. http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/dailyclips/blog/2013/04/03/dome-nc-bill-would-ban-co-ed-apartments-on-unc-ch-campus-under-the-dome-newsobserver-com/ The nuts are running the place.
Apr 4, 2013 1:17 PM CDT
The answer is obvious. They both are Republican. Their standard bearer was a Mormon. The Book of Mormon was translated in 1830. The Constitution was written much earlier. It was here first! Was the word, of man, written before the WORD OF GOD?