The blog Scholars and Rogues has an amusing look at the problems inherent in the attempt in North Carolina to pass a bill allowing them to establish an official state religion (Christianity, of course). The obvious question: which version of Christianity should be made official?
Other issues we’ll need Congress to rule on:
- Should baptism be by sprinkling as an infant or by immersion once one is born again? And, how quickly can we set in place an emergency re-baptism program for all those people that had it done wrong the first time?
- Is God a man, a woman, both, or neither?
- What race is God? This will be important when we do physical and artistic representations of Him/Her/It.
- What about those places where the Bible appears to contradict itself, as in Genesis 1 & 2? Are we to take these as tests by God, or error by monks, or what? Confusion in one’s prime legal texts can lead to all sorts of mischief, as I think is more than evident from the fact that we’re even having this little chat to start with.
- We’ll need a plan to transfer power from the President to Jesus when He makes his triumphant return to Earth after the Rapture.
- We’ll also need a policy of engagement for Armageddon. When do we launch the nukes, and at whom? Once we know who’s on God’s side and who’s on the side of Satan, shouldn’t we just go ahead and launch a pre-emptive strike?
- How old is that darned Earth, anyway? I mean, it’s important to know what to tell kids about dinosaurs if the world is only 6000 years old.
- What the hell do we do about those damned Jews, who have made clear that they aren’t on board with Jesus as the Son of God? Do we wait and let Jesus deal with them himself or should we set about making them either believe what we believe or leave?
- And don’t even get me started on Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Mormons, and other varieties of Satanist. If we’re truly a Christian land, is it right that their blasphemy should be tolerated, and worse, that they should be able to benefit from social programs paid for by Right-thinking Christians?
- Should the Office of Homeland Godliness be a Cabinet-level appointment reporting to the President? Should the President be the de jurehead of the Church? Should it be a separate branch of government insulated from the meddling influence of future secular legislators, and especially from Satanic minions on the Supreme Court? Or, for that matter, should we rework the government and Constitution so that we replace the democracy with a Christian theocracy?
And those are just the tip of the iceberg. This was a real problem before and, for a brief while, after the passage of the Constitution, which did not initially forbid states from having official churches. Many states didn’t just establish Christianity, they established a specific brand and outlawed other brands. In Massachusetts, for example, being a Baptist, Catholic or Quaker was to put oneself in serious jeopardy of losing life and limb.