Missouri to ‘resolve’ what violates separation of church and state

At first, the headline on this article had me quite worried, “
Proposed House resolution on religion irks some here

I started reading the article, agreeing with the statement that, “Thomas Jefferson would be rolling in his grave. It’s indicative of a movement within one segment of activist Christianity that wants to dominate the rest with their views.” But what is actually being discussed?

The proposed resolution states that “voluntary prayer in public schools, religious displays on public property, and the recognition of a Christian God are not a coalition of church and state.”

I didn’t know that a resolution is different from a law, but apparently it is:

The resolution, sponsored by Rep. David Sater, R-Cassville, and co-sponsored by Rep. Barney Joe Fisher, R-Richards, is not a bill and therefore cannot become a law.

.. whew. Now it seems like no big deal, a “political statement about Christianity,” as one representative put it. It further goes on to incorrectly state that the founders of the US,

recognized a Christian God and used the principles afforded to us by Him as the founding principles of our nation. … As elected officials we should protect the majority’s right to express their religious beliefs while showing respect for those who object.

Evangelical Christians are, predictably, feeling warm and fuzzy about this. Not all Christian leaders seem to agree that the government should be resolving anything about their religion. At least one member of the Jewish community is feeling a little uncomfortable about it.

The article goes on to note that this is sort of an ‘opinion poll’ of legislators, and that people shouldn’t be so upset. Right, we’ll just go on our merry way and ignore the fact that legislators are trying to make an official mention of their support for violating the separation of church and state. Keep your eye on Missouri.


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