Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Article 4, section 2:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
Keep that in mind with this next story:
A resolution filed by Republican lawmakers would allow North Carolina to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies statewide.
Note to North Carolina’s Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, agnostic and atheistic communities and business owners. California is also a coastal state and, outside of a few rural counties, we’re pretty cool about religion out here. Come on down and bring your businesses with you.
Also, note to the North Carolina legislature, thanks! You actually make our legislature look sane and competent!
House Joint Resolution 494, filed by Republican Rowan County Reps. Harry Warren and Carl Ford, would refuse to acknowledge the force of any judicial ruling on prayer in North Carolina – or indeed on any Constitutional topic:
“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.
“Each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion,” it states.
But seriously, don’t dare and call them neo-Confederates. Sure, they’re using the same tactics and arguments that were the underlying basis of the Confederacy, but it’s totally different this time. Because something… something… black president…
What they are essentially calling for is the dissolution of the United States into fifty sovereign states each of which is free to interpret the Constitution however it damn well pleases.
Lest you think this is some kooky bill by a fringe Republican who got elected solely to gerrymandering and/or inbreeding in his district:
Eleven House Republicans have signed on to sponsor the resolution, including Majority Leader Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, and Budget Chairman Justin Burr, R-Stanly.
This is what you can expect from the party these days, folks.
“We love and respect the Constitution, except for the parts we don’t like.”