RALEIGH, NC – It was a short life for a controversial bill in North Carolina. Two days after a dozen republican lawmakers drafted a resolution allowing the state to declare its own “official state religion,” North Carolina house speaker Thom Tillis killed the act, if for no other reason than to spare the state further embarrassment.
And while the answer to this one seems like a no-brainer, there are plenty here in Houston who say, “not so fast.”
“George Washington founded this state upon trusting in God,’ Regina Grazes said, ‘if we’re going to trust in god our laws should be synonymous with the laws of Christ and the bible.”
Lawmakers who support the bill say the First Amendment, which prohibits the government from creating an official religion, applies only to the federal government and not to the states, adding that the purpose of the resolution had more to do with allowing state officials to open meetings with prayer than actually declaring an official religion.
“We have a right as individual members to pray and to open our meetings with prayer and I certainly support that right,’ North Carolina State Representative Justin Burr said.
Houstonian Nathan Turner put it this way: “You have to appreciate everybody else’s views and understand that Muslims, Jews and Christians alike have the right to it and you can’t say that one state is Christian, one state is Muslim and one state is Jewish.”
You’d think lawmakers would have gotten that by now. But hey, does anything surprise you anymore.