I swear—I thought this was an April Fool’s joke when I heard about it, but it’s not. The April Fools are the two North Carolina state legislators, Carl Ford and Harry Warren, who have written a bill trying to establish that states are exempt from the Constitution’s First Amendment prohibiting governmental establishment of religion. In other words, they don’t want the freedom of religion envisioned by our founders, who wanted to completely separate church from state. (You can download the bill here.) The bill argues, in short, that nothing in the Constitution applies to states, schools, or municipalities, and that’s because the Constitution doesn’t give the Federal government the power to determine what is constitutional. (I guess the Supreme Court was a huge mistake!) \
Ergo the states can determine what is constitutional, and Ford and Warren conclude that the First Amendment is inapplicable in North Carolina:
According to PuffHo,:
The religion bill comes as some Republican-led states seek to separate themselves from the federal government, primarily on the issues of guns and Obamacare. This includes a proposal in Mississippi to establish a state board with the power to nullify federal laws.
They add this frightening bit of trivia:
The North Carolina state constitution disqualifies those who do not believe in God from public office. The provision has been unenforcible since the 1961 Supreme Court decision in Torcaso v. Watkins, which prohibited such bans.
This bill surely won’t pass, as its ramifications for the country are unthinkable, but imagine if it did. Could a North Carolina State Religion be far behind, like a state bird or state flower? And just guess what that religion would be.
I weep for America. People like Ford and Warren are so far removed from the sanity and thoughtfulness of this nation’s founders that they shouldn’t be proposing any laws.