Mississippi is seeking to throw their citizens backwards a few hundred years. The Magnolia State Heritage Campaign, which sounds harmless enough, is seeking to overhaul the state with its proposed constitutional amendment, Initiative 46.
The initiative would amend the state’s constitution to establish English as the official language of the state, make April “Confederate Heritage Month,” make “Dixie” the official state song, change and cement the mascots of various universities in Mississippi, and a whole bunch of other ridiculous things.
If the neo-confederate parts weren’t bad enough, the initiative also says (emphasis mine):
The State of Mississippi hereby acknowledges the fact of her identity as a principally Christian and quintessentially Southern state… accordingly, the Holy Bible is acknowledged as a foremost source of her founding principles, inspiration, and virtues; and, accordingly, prayer is acknowledged as a respected, meaningful, and valuable custom of her citizens.
It then ends that section with this gem. “The acknowledgments hereby secured shall not be construed to transgress either the national or the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights.”
Basically, they’re saying that this doesn’t violate the Constitution, you know the one that says church and state are separate, because they say so.
To get on the 2016 ballot, it requires over 100,000 signatures from registered voters in the state. We will keep you updated on where this goes from here.