. . . a group known as the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign is trying to cement Christianity as the state’s official religion in its constitution. They are proposing a constitutional amendment that they hope will be on the 2016 ballot.
The campaign’s Arthur Randallson explained to American Family Association news network OneNewsNow, “We have taken a little bit of time to prepare an initiative that covers promoting Christianity, which is recognized as the principal religion of Mississippi from the founding of the state in 1817 to the present, and affirmed in the state constitution prayer acknowledging the Holy Bible.”
The actual text of the amendment would read:
- The State of Mississippi hereby acknowledges the fact of her identity as a principally Christian and quintessentially Southern state, in terms of the majority of her population, character, culture, history, and heritage, from 1817 to the present; accordingly, the Holy Bible is acknowledged as a foremost source of her founding principles, inspiration, and virtues; and, accordingly, prayer is acknowledged as a respected, meaningful, and valuable custom of her citizens. The acknowledgments hereby secured shall not be construed to transgress either the national or the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
In other words, it doesn’t violate the First Amendment, which prohibits the establishment of a state religion, simply because it says that it wouldn’t.
Look for more and more states doing this. What is the point? There can only be one --"we are all Christian so if you don't like that you can move on." This is all born out of the ideas of prayer in public schools, which itself is going to end up biting them all in the ass. Once public school prayer gets back in they will have to treat it fairly and give time to all religions. Everyone will want special attention, and there is just not enough time for that and still run a school. Prayer in school will then be legal but pushed aside. This "state religion" idea is the same thing.
It's all the "like it or leave it" mentality. Fundamentalists also know that we as a nation were not "founded on Christian principals" Win or lose here they can always fall back later on it by saying "why is it in our state constitution and why is prayer in our schools?"
It will be because they put it there and long after the real facts. It serves no real purpose but you cannot argue with a theist. The theist is lying anyway. The theist that wants votes is lying twice as bad.
According to maps of the red states and blue states shown recently on TV, in a new two Americas:
1) the Southern state confederates will have allies in the Great Plains states.
2) the "Union" will consist of East and West coast states.
Interesting book I recently read. It's entitled, Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto Southern Secession by Chuck Thompson. Not so sure I endorse it lock, stock, and barrel, but the author does make some interesting points. Especially with regard to education, and the dumbing down of society.
Does someone want to tell me there are no Jews in Mississippi? No Buddhists, Muslims or Hindus? And if not right now, what about the future? This bill is an invitation to the tyranny of the majority to lord themselves over what little minority may be there, and it may also be a gateway to personhood and creationism in schools actions.
It won't surprise me if this travesty passes, but I fully expect challenges to it and possibly before the ink of the governor's signature is dry.
Loren, there may very well be Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and (God forbid!!!) atheists living in Mississippi. But don't you realize we're talking laws for Real 'Muricans! Not them thar feriners.
You see, every one must be required (forced, if necessary) to be the same. That means act the same, believe the same things, and live only one given way. That's what it means to be free in 'Murica.
Unless we all conform, unless we follow our leaders blindly, there is no possible way we can remain free.
-- Major Frank Burns, 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
Altman followed up later with another brilliant film, Nashville, closing with the whole cast singing
You can say
That I ain't free
But that don't bother me
Pat, you have a real good take on this. Your post is both how they talk and how they think. It's the fabulous mentality of the far right fundamentalist Christian.
Thanks Michael. It's really strange. I live in a rural area where, if a tornado hit, neighbors would come out the woodwork to help. Yet, if a black man were falsely accused, that same group of neighbors would raise a lynch mob.
It's that way where I live also. Black people have to be extra careful because of things like that. If they just have 3 or 4 sentences with you they know instinctively whether you are a nice person or some idiot racist fool. My last conversation with a black man was in Aldi last week about steaks they are selling now. He had a family of 6 and they were just passing through. I learned a lot that day and I'm gonna keep my eyes on those steaks. He knew when the prices of them would come down.