North Carolina Tea Party Republicans File Bill to Establish Official State Religion
Demonstrating once more that the Tea Party is just the fundamentalist right dressed in fiscal conservative clothing. This is once again relevant (article from April) since the self same folks are now trying to limit abortion.
North Carolina state Tea Party Republican lawmakers have filed a bill to allow the state to establish an official state religion. The move is a direct assault on the U.S. Constitution and wholly ignores the Fourteenth Amendment. The two sponsors of the bill, freshmen House Representatives Harry Warren and Carl Ford, have already managed to get nine co-sponsors who conveniently have ignored the fact that Rep. Ford’s full-time job: the owner of two North Carolina Gospel music radio stations.
The bill claims “each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion,” and mentions the Tenth Amendment three times. It also argues First Amendment “prohibition does not apply to states, municipalities, or schools.”
Article 6 Section 8 of the North Carolina state constitution reads:
The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.