SC Democrats: Worse Than Republicans?

Outside of the big cities, South Carolina is one of the most conservative states in the country and one of the most pervasively Christian as well. So much so that the Democrats there appear to be impersonating Republicans in their zeal to get prayer back into schools.

State lawmakers in South Carolina are pushing for legislation that would mandate prayer sessions in schools.

The bill, H. 3526, would require teachers to lead a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day, during which the teacher would be allowed to deliver a prayer. Students who didn’t not want to participate would be allowed to leave the classroom.

Most of the legislation’s sponsors are Democrats. It was introduced by Reps. Wendell Gilliard (D), Robert Williams (D), Joseph Jefferson (D), Carl Anderson (D), Liston Barfield (R), Bill Clyburn (D), Heather Ammons Crawford (R), Lonnie Hosey (D), Robert Ridgeway III (D), and Don Wells (R).

First Amendment? That’s for those liberal hippie commies.

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  • Don Quijote

    Election time coming up?

  • rmsc

    Hanging my head in shame. In SC a lot of the democrat representation in government comes from minority districts.My county always goes for the democrat in federal elections.

    The base of those districts isn’t much different from the far right when it comes to religion.

  • John Pieret

    Worse Than Republicans?

    Naw! Just no better than them. But then did we ever expect them to be? The reason to vote for Democrats is only because they are beholding to a group whose views are more like yours than the group the Republicans are beholding too. It has little to do with the virtually non-existent integrity of the politicians themselves. The SC Dems are just reflecting the people they are beholding to.

  • Rev. BigDumbChimp

    Reps. Wendell Gilliard (D) is one of our Charleston Reps and he has a history of “moral crusades” while upholding traditional many Democratic goals.

    Against bikini wearing College of Charleston co-ed’s sunbathing in the square in Downtown Charleston, protested an “adult” store, video camera’s on street corners in poor neighborhoods, etc..

    This doesn’t surprise me too much but it’s still disappointing.

  • Rev. BigDumbChimp

    proofread first… grumble

  • Modusoperandi

    “We will all pray now, and if you don’t like it, you can mark yourselves as ‘Not One of Us’ and leave”.

  • iknklast

    Students who didn’t not want to participate? Seems like those would be the ones that want to participate, so why are they being asked to leave the room?

  • Modusoperandi

    iknklast, it’s Raw Story. They don’t never not have time to check what they’re writing.

  • Area Man

    The SC Democratic party has a very large (if not majority) black contingent who tend to be very religious and therefore socially conservative. So it’s disappointing, but not very surprising. I think it will be interesting in the coming years to see whether black voters, who until now have been religiously conservative but economically liberal, tend more toward social liberalism. There are some signs that this is happening, with black leaders becoming favorably toward gay marriage, thanks in significant part to the influence of Obama.

    I also strongly endorse what John Pieret @3 said. You can’t be worse than the Republicans by doing the same thing that they do. It’s not as if stupid, discriminatory policy magically becomes better or worse just because of who proposes it. One of my pet peeves is the way in which Republicans get graded on an extremely generous curve, because our political culture just takes it for granted that they’re evil and it can’t be helped.

  • Trebuchet

    I’d almost like to see them pass that law, just to see he reaction when a teacher leads the class in a non-Christian prayer.

  • mobius

    From the first days of Secession:

    “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.”

  • gertzedek

    This’s so brazen, part of me wonders whether this bill was designed to be unconstitutional. Think about it…the Democratic sponsors get across-the-aisle cred, while the law they’re pushing is clearly never going to be enforced, even if it’s passed. Maybe they’re not really terrible people? Maybe? Hopefully? Please?

  • dmcclean

    Feel free to “deliver” a prayer. As long as it is during the moment of silence (and isn’t written on the board).

  • cry4turtles

    Will the students who leave the classroom burst into flames?

  • eric

    during which the teacher would be allowed to deliver a prayer.

    I expect that if we can find a SC teacher willing to give a few “Hail, Satan…”‘s, “Dear Allah…”‘s, or “May his noodly appendage…”‘s, this may be a very short-lived law.

  • eric

    In fact a good way to prevent it’s passage might be for some teachers to publicly come out right now and say they’re going to use the law to deliver nonchristian prayers.

  • Brony

    I want to see criticism of these Ds by prominent Ds within the party.

    These are some of the things that determine my choices to vote at all let alone pick a flavor of bullshit. I don’t vote for any candidate that is not willing to actually criticize their own party on issues that matter to me. As example if the next D or R candidate for president is unwilling to deal with the the complicity of their own partys in the NSA situation, burying the torture issue, and extra-constitutional assassination of citizens I’m just not going to pick anyone or shut up about it. This may be a smaller scale example of the same problem. Lets see if the Ds can be trustworthy on smaller things.

  • Doug Little

    I’d almost like to see them pass that law, just to see he reaction when a teacher leads the class in a non-Christian prayer.

    Not any teacher mind you, but one of them uppity, racial minority, lesbian wimmians.