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Friday, March 03, 2006

Missouri Bill To Make Xtianity State Religion Mulled

This is not a spoof, not a joke, not a test run. While it's true that several states had established religions--including Massachusetts and Virginia--these arrangements were ruled unconstitutional in the mid-1800s by the US Supreme Court. Perhaps Missouri legislators believe that by adding the words "majority religion" to the bill, it perhaps has a chance of passing constitutional muster. If the bill passes, I think it's headed to the Supreme Court. ...

[via Eschaton and dadahead] According to

Missouri legislators in Jefferson City considered a bill that would name Christianity the state's official "majority" religion.

House Concurrent Resolution 13 has is pending in the state legislature.

Many Missouri residents had not heard about the bill until Thursday.

Karen Aroesty of the Anti-defamation league, along with other watch-groups, began a letter writing and email campaign to stop the resolution.

The resolution would recognize "a Christian god," and it would not protect minority religions, but "protect the majority's right to express their religious beliefs.

The resolution also recognizes that, "a greater power exists," and only Christianity receives what the resolution calls, "justified recognition."

State representative David Sater of Cassville in southwestern Missouri, sponsored the resolution, but he has refused to talk about it on camera or over the phone.

KMOV also contacted Gov. Matt Blunt's office to see where he stands on the resolution, but he has yet to respond.

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