Republican-Fail, Republicans — April 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

North Carolina House Speaker kills legislation to create official state religion


Maybe someone read them the U.S. Constitution?

North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, has ended any chance that a recent resolution that would pave the way to establishing an official state religion will see the light of day. Tillis said yesterday that he will not allow a vote on the resolution known as the “Defense of Religion Act”.

The bill was a response to an ACLU lawsuit regarding the reading of Christian prayers at official government functions. Sarah Preston, the policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, had this to say:

I would assume he (Tillis) didn’t like the attention it was getting, and it would distract from other issues that the House was working on. I hope that he decided that making a statement that North Carolina didn’t want to abide by the Constitution was the wrong thing for North Carolina to do.

Her colleague ACLU-NC Legal Director Chris Brook went further:

Despite the ACLU’s objections, and now a lawsuit, Commissioners have continued to pray in the name of Jesus.

“The bill sponsors fundamentally misunderstand constitutional law and the principles of the separation of powers that date back to the founding of this country,” ACLU-NC Legal Director Chris Brook told WBTV in response to the resolution.

That pesky U.S. Constitution. It gets in the way of overly evangelistic Christians ramming their religion down the throats of all Americans every time.

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