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Sunday, 3.5.06: Missouri Embraces Theocracy

Just when I'm lulled into thinking that the pendulum has swung as far right as it could, I see this:

State bill proposes Christianity be Missouri’s official religion

09:24 PM CST on Saturday, March 4, 2006

By John Mills, News 4

Missouri legislators in Jefferson City considered a bill that would name Christianity the state's official "majority" religion.

House Concurrent Resolution 13 has is pending in the state legislature.

Many Missouri residents had not heard about the bill until Thursday.

Karen Aroesty of the Anti-defamation league, along with other watch-groups, began a letter writing and email campaign to stop the resolution.

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.

KMOV also contacted Gov. Matt Blunt's office to see where he stands on the resolution, but he has yet to respond.

 

Why are they abandoning the virtues of the Midwest for the dogmatism of the Mideast?

I' m from Missouri, home of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. It's supposed to be the "Show Me" state, where healthy skepticism is the bulwark of Midwestern strength. But it has transpired that, in general, people who hail from my hometown of St. Louis don't generally identify themselves with Missouri politics. This article shows why.

So what are these Missouri legislators thinking? Can they really believe that Israel and Iran have the right idea? Are they thinking that Florida could declare itself a Jewish state; Massachusetts, a Catholic state; California, a New Age state? And then we could start partitioning parts off, putting up "security" walls, and enjoy violent separatist movements like other countries?

No, they are probably all whiney about their Christmas decorations and their displays of the Ten Commandments. And maybe there are a few school prayer radicals in the bunch.

What the hell is wrong with these people? What happened to Midwestern friendliness, generosity and tolerance? Why are they abandoning the virtues of the Midwest for the dogmatism of the Mideast? How are their lives ruined by the lack of a Nativity scene on the schoolhouse lawn? What are these Christians afraid of?

 

 

 

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