Friday, April 5, 2013

In North Carolina Constitution Hating Republicans Want to Obliterate the Bill of Rights

Their Agenda – Establish a State of North Carolina Official Religion – Like the State Bird or State Vegetable or State Idiot (Conservatives, Get Your Application Now and Avoid the June Rush)

[Update:  The Republican Speaker of the NC House said he won't allow a vote on the bill.  Although he did not comment extensively, it is likely his thinking was that after the state Republicans voted to solve a global warming problem of rising sea levels by making it illegal for the sea to rise, the state had received enough ridicule and abuse.  "We already look like some of the biggest horse's asses in the country" he did not say.]

The problem many of us have with Conservatives is not always their beliefs.  In many cases the problem is that Conservatives don’t support or live up to their own beliefs.  Take the Constitution, a document that Conservatives carry around with them and profess to revere as much as life itself.

When Conservative Republicans get control of government though, many of their beliefs go out the window. Such is the case in North Carolina where Republicans have control of state government for the first time since forever.  They want to establish an official state religion.


Proposal would allow state religion in North Carolina

A resolution filed by Republican lawmakers would allow North Carolina to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies statewide.


 How do they do this?  Simple, they simply declare the Constitution inoperative.

House Bill 494
, a resolution filed by Republican Rowan County Reps. Harry Warren and Carl Ford, would refuse to acknowledge the force of any judicial ruling on prayer in North Carolina – or indeed on any Constitutional topic:
"The Constitution of the United States does not grant the federal government and does not grant the federal courts the power to determine what is or is not constitutional; therefore, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the power to determine constitutionality and the proper interpretation and proper application of the Constitution is reserved to the states and to the people," the bill states.

"Each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion," it states.  

Now we all know the Supreme Court has ruled that the Bill of Rights applies to all levels of government, but that technicality doesn’t stop those who would impose Iranian type rule on U. S. citizens.  And lest anyone think that this is just the work of a couple of crackpots, there is this.

Eleven House Republicans have signed on to sponsor the resolution, including Majority Leader Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, and Budget Chairman Justin Burr, R-Stanly.

Yes, it is a great day for democracy and freedom, or will be when these freedom hating pols are voted out of office.  But if they do get their way one can imagine a future North Carolina signage with things like the following.

So as you drive into the state you might see these billboards.

"North Carolina - Be a Baptist (or Methodist or Lutheran or Any Other Of Our State Sposored Religions) Tonight - Conversion Classes Daily at Your Local High School"

"Progressive North Carolina - the First to Require Church Attendance to Get a Driver's License"

"Welcome to the Tar Heel State - Visit Any One of Our State Sponsored Churches to be Allowed to Come Into Our State"

"North Carolina - Everyone is Welcome - But Jews, Catholics, Atheists and Muslims Please Don't Stay.  Witches and Warlocks, Don't Come At All"

Sounds about right, doesn't it.

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