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North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:   |  Updated: 04/03/2013 1:13 am EDT


North Carolina state Rep. Carl Ford backs a religion bill that would allow the state to declare an official state faith.

Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings.

The bill, filed Monday by two GOP lawmakers from Rowan County and backed by nine other Republicans, says each state "is sovereign" and courts cannot block a state "from making laws respecting an establishment of religion." The legislation was filed in response to a lawsuit to stop county commissioners in Rowan County from opening meetings with a Christian prayer, wral.com reported.

The religion bill comes as some Republican-led states seek to separate themselves from the federal government, primarily on the issues of guns and Obamacare. This includes a proposal in Mississippi to establish a state board with the power to nullify federal laws.

The North Carolina bill's main sponsors, state Reps. Carl Ford (R-China Grove) and Harry Warren (R-Salisbury), could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, The Salisbury Post reported. Co-sponsors include House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes (R-Hickory). Another is state Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Concord), who in February introduced a state constitutional amendment that would allow for carrying concealed weapons to fight federal "tyranny."

The bill says the First Amendment only applies to the federal government and does not stop state governments, local governments and school districts from adopting measures that defy the Constitution. The legislation also says that the Tenth Amendment, which says powers not reserved for the federal government belong to the states, prohibits court rulings that would seek to apply the First Amendment to state and local officials.

The bill reads:

SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public schools, or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

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nanaofsix531
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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Then they sould also have to give up all federal funding they recieve.They would not have a foot to stand on."Literally"!

Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

They are right that they CAN establish a state religion, though doubtful they will try to actually do it.

joey125
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

You go NC plenty of guns and no healthcare, great lol

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

 Gee.  That sounds like a good idea.  Or not.

denise3680
by Gold Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

oh crap, I knew this state was backwards but this is crazy.  I guess its time to sell the house and move the hell out of here:/

Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Technically they are right. The amendment says 'Congress shall make no law' ~ it says nothing about states or the lower courts.

I honestly don't see any difference between this bill and the hundreds of precedents set in lower courts that limit religious freedom and are held as a national standard.

Both suck and both are the result of people who just aren't content to do their thing and leave others do the same.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM
What a wonderful idea. SMH
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