Friday, March 03, 2006

Blunt and to the point

Not to be outdone by South Dakota's and Mississippi's recent and uncontrolled attacks of public policy religiosity, Missouri has joined the parade of fatuous, moral-values Republican politicos bent on a theocratic rule. Or at least bent on appearing to look like they 're on bent on theocratic rule. It is very often hard to tell the difference in the run up to election time.

But this latest move is even more in your face than mere gay marriage bans or anti-abortion laws. Indeed, Missouri now has a bill before the state legislature that would, and I quote:
name Christianity the state's official "majority" religion.
But wait, there's more, much more.
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."
Of course, the language "right to express their religious beliefs" is intentionally vague. And if memory serves, one expression of religious belief -- Christian belief -- once involved a number burnings at stakes of people deemed sufficiently depraved.

Missourians appear to be entirely unfamiliar with the first amendment of the Constitution. As a refresher, let's review:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...
That statement is the first phrase of the first amendment. I guess, though, state legislatures similarly populated by fanatics as Missouri's seems to be figure they have stumbled upon an huge loophole: it says Congress. And that's not us, so ... there.

The governor of Missouri, Matt Blunt, yes Roy Blunt's brother, has yet to comment on this, oh, what to call it ... insane, theocratic proposal. But don't fear that his silence will last too long, just until the polls come back about how Missourians are reacting to the bill.


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