Saturday, March 04, 2006

Missouri To Become a Theocracy

Things that make my head want to explode for a thousand, Alex?

JOHN MILLS, KMOV 4 - Missouri legislators in Jefferson City [are considering] a bill that would name Christianity the state's official "majority" religion... The resolution would recognize "a Christian god," and it would not protect minority religions, but "protect the majority's right to express their religious beliefs."

The resolution also recognizes that, "a greater power exists," and only Christianity receives what the resolution calls, "justified recognition."

State representative David Sater of Cassville in southwestern Missouri, sponsored the resolution, but he has refused to talk about it on camera or over the phone.

Hmm... Article I Section 7 of the Missouri Bill of Rights states:

That no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion, or in aid of any priest, preacher, minister or teacher thereof, as such; and that no preference shall be given to nor any discrimination made against any church, sect or creed of religion, or any form of religious faith or worship.

Then there's that doo-hickey, what's it called? Oh, yeah... the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

But honestly, why should we be surprised? After all, look at Americans' area of expertise these days:

AP - Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of "The Simpsons," according to a survey. The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just one in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms...

About one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected.



At 12:08 PM, Anonymous adrienne said...

i saw this! i was outraged, i am outraged

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Danielle said...

I read in my American Govt book that while 75% of American's can name all three Rice Krispee Characters (snap, crackle and pop) that only 9% of American's can name over 2 Supreme Court Justices.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Ralph said...

What? No freedom to own a pet?

That's why the Const. is so last millenium.

We need to update our whole system. For example, we should make dogs the official pet of Doggsylvania. At the same time, we would declare war on Connecticat. Our governor would have a steel cage match with their governor. They would wear, like, dog and cat costumes, see what I mean?

Cool, our country becomes like a whole reality show, only in real life.

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Didn't we talk about this head explosion...thing?

Thanks for a wonderful "tour." I hope you have a fantastic week!


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