Hey! There are crazier Republicans than Michigan Republicans!
NOTE: this post has been updated HERE.
This is absolutely incredible. Republicans in North Carolina have introduced legislation that will allow them to set up their own state religion and ignore all federal laws.
If you think I’m joking, read on.
Here’s the salient part of the legislation:
The Constitution of the United States does not grant the federal government and does not grant the federal courts the power to determine what is or is not constitutional; therefore, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the power to determine constitutionality and the proper interpretation and proper application of the Constitution is reserved to the states and to the people. Each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion.
See there? The Constitution doesn’t allow the federal courts to determine what is constitutional. This is going to come as an incredible shock to … everyone with a brain. The whole thing came about over a fight about whether Christian-specific prayers can be read at government meetings so this is very clearly about North Carolina establishing a state religion based on Christianity. But the implications go much further than that, of course. It means they are immune from any federal determinations regarding the constitutionality of … anything.
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