Republicans Want To Make North Carolina The First Declared Christian State In The Nation
In short, Republicans in North Carolina want to use the 10th Amendment to nullify parts of the Constitution they don’t like, and the number one piece they want to kill is the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause that bans government from respecting any law that establishes a state religion. If this bill were to pass, the Republican-controlled government would most definitely declare Christianity that state’s religion, thereby alienating and discriminating against every other religion in North Carolina.
Establishing their brand of Christianity would give Republicans the opportunity to force their religious views on every citizen of North Carolina, including anti-abortion views, anti-gay views, and any other views they have. These views could in turn be passed as laws to bring the state in line with the new state religion. So even if you aren’t a Christian, you’ll be forced to live the way Republicans want you to live.
Republicans have attempted to use the 10th Amendment a lot in recent months in an effort to nullify federal gun laws, federal health care laws, and just about any other laws they hate or disagree with. This latest abuse of the 10th Amendment would strangle religious freedom in North Carolina so that the GOP could sponsor their twisted views of Christianity, placing it on an unfair pedestal above all other religions. This dangerous effort should make every American wary of Republican governance and should make us all question the virtues of leaving the 10th Amendment in place. Perhaps the time has come to lead an effort to repeal the 10th Amendment before Republicans use it to nullify the federal government, the Constitution, freedom, and America itself.
While looking at NC, let's not forget Virginia.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has petitioned an appeals court to reconsider its decision to strike down the state's anti-sodomy law.
Cuccinelli is asking the full 15-judge panel of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold the state's sodomy ban, the Washington Blade first reported, after a three-judge panel invalidated the law last month.
Anti-sodomy laws were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2003, with conservative-leaning Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the court's more liberal members in Lawrence v. Texas, which ruled the laws violate the rights of gay people. Kennedy wrote that the statutes touch "upon the most private human conduct, sexual behavior, and in the most private of places, the home."
Even after the ruling, however, some states kept the statutes on their books, including Virginia.
(According to the gay rights group Equality Matters, 18 states still have laws on the books that criminalize anal and/or oral sex.)
Maybe someone can talk to North Korea about starting in that part of the country...
These idiots don't have a clue what America means, and America is the first nation founded on ideas. They should be prosecuted for treason.
So between Kansas, Texas, and Virginia, is this some sort of contest to see which state can out-crazy one another?
Don't forget Arizona, r8.
Wow. This is ballsy. The crazies will not go down without a fight.
Isn't that SPECIAL!
It's behavior like this makes me wish we had let them secede and keep thier idiocy to themselves.
If you want to know what's happening to America please red Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale."
The Repubs are getting crazier and more brazen since Romney lost. So much for their attempt to appeal to a wider base.
Hey, at least they cant point the finger at me.
They are completely insane...let the declare themselves a Christian state (so absurd) and see where it gets then.
Should this travesty pass and become law, what exactly are they going to do when the state and federal courts declare it unconstitutional?
Hopefully the government will nuke North Carolina as part of their invasion.
Like many states, North Carolina took a sharp turn to the right when the Tea Baggers swept the legislative elections in 2010. But not all the Tarheels are Bible thumpers. Asheville is quite progressive, as are Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte.
By essentially declaring themselves a religious organization, does this mean they don't get any federal funding?
They'll still owe taxes to the Federal Government as US citizens, but I don't see why the religious institution of North Carolina should receive a direct subsidy of billions of dollars from the government.
Right now NC gets $1.08 for every $1 they pay in federal tax. I'm happy to see that go to $0 for every $1 they pay and have that $1.08 saved redistributed elsewhere.
[quote]Should this travesty pass and become law, what exactly are they going to do when the state and federal courts declare it unconstitutional?
This where that "well-regulated militia" crap comes into play.
Simple solution. Cut off all federal funding for violating the constitution.
I'm sure you all realize this has no chance in hell of passing - this is just another Kim Jong Un style grasp for attention by the god botherers.
Ah, yes R22, but Congress would have to do it, and the controlling party members are almost as seditious. This is really intended to take down the Federal government entirely, without the mess of that war so long ago. Traitorous individuals, even within government, need to be removed by all legal means.
In fairness to the idiot Republicans who now run NC, this initiative was put forward by two yahoo legislators who got their panties in a twist when the ACLU sued a rural county to stop its Commissioners from opening their meetings by praising Jesus. The leadership isn't going to let this bill go anywhere.