State religion in North Carolina? Guess which political party thought that was a good idea.

The GOP in North Carolina has put forth a measure that would allow for the establishment of a state religion.  Their reasoning is as follows:

“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,” the resolution states.

Yeah, let’s see how that works out if it goes up the chain to a federal court.

Oh, and the Constitution does, actually, grant the federal government those powers.  Not only that, but the state Constitution of North Carolina does likewise.

Article 1, Section 5 of the North Carolina Constitution requires the state to observe federal law: “Every citizen of this State owes paramount allegiance to the Constitution and government of the United States, and no law or ordinance of the State in contravention or subversion thereof can have any binding force.”

But if most Christians can’t be bothered to read the bible, why would they need to read the documents they were sworn on the bible to uphold?


  • pjmaertz

    In what possible way would this law in any way be useful, especially considering it would be immediately struck down in court? And why is the party of fiscal conservatism so eager to throw away tax payers’ money defending sure loser court cases? Ugh, these assholes aren’t mentally fit to dig ditches, but they’re trying to write laws.

    • Ryan

      It’s an appeal to the wingnut base. It reminds them to get out and vote, and keep electing these morons to office, or they risk ending up with a “godless liberal” politician and government instead.

      That, and the “party of fiscal conservatism” has long been a farce. Liberals have long been willing to spend when needed but tax to pay for it, while conservatives have routinely not only spent more than liberals but always put it on the government’s credit card.
      Fiscal responsibility isn’t always a strong trait of the party of societal symbiotes (liberals), but it is by definition never a trait of the party of societal parasites (conservatives).

      • pjmaertz

        I’m sorry, I should have put “fiscal responsibility” with the quotes. I’m well aware that conservatives love government spending, but not paying for it.

        • pjmaertz

          “Fiscal conservative” that is, but the premise doesn’t change.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Well that ought to win some of those coveted Christian Oppression Tokens that they can redeem for free votes when they’re up for re-election.

    • Adam

      This was the first thing I thought of when I heard about this bill

    • baal

      Grandstanding for christ.

      (their book frowns on it expressly in the new testament)

  • Glodson

    Wow. They really need to take a basic high school civics course. And get the notion that state nullification doesn’t work.

    • iknklast

      Just don’t take that civics course in North Carolina. That’s probably where they taught them this. (Or maybe they went to school in Oklahoma. That would explain it).

      • Constance Reader

        I wonder if they just got tired of South Carolina boasting that they’ve had bigger balls than their Northern sister state since 1860.

  • Constance Reader

    I just learned this week that I am not eligible to hold public office in my home state of Texas. Article 1, Section 4: “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.”

    Not sure if I should be relieved or disappointed that I can’t hold office in my state as an atheist. Then again I’m also a single and childless by choice, bisexual, liberal, college-educated female. I’d be burned at the stake long before we got to the religious part of the conversation.

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      I’m not sure about a Supreme Being, but I have seen documentary proof that the Supremes definitely did exist and were active until the late 70s.

    • BabyRaptor

      It’s the same here in Arkansas, with the added on bit of not being able to testify in court.

      I do wonder what would happen if I were to try and claim that in an actual court, though.

    • Glodson

      I would imagine that if that was actually enforced, it would fail in court easily.

      The tricky part, as you well know, is actually getting to the point of being elected in Texas as an atheist.

  • Rory

    For what it’s worth, we’ve also got a Democrat in Louisiana trying to force public school kids to say the Lord’s Prayer in order to teach them about religious freedom.