What is commonly referred to as the religious right never cease to entertain me. A group of most zealous lawmakers in North Carolina have decided to spit in the fact of United States legal history (good on them) by introducing legislation that would allow their fine state to declare an official religion:
Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings.
The bill, filed Monday by two GOP lawmakers from Rowan County and backed by nine other Republicans, says each state “is sovereign” and courts cannot block a state “from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.” The legislation was filed in response to a lawsuit to stop county commissioners in Rowan County from opening meetings with a Christian prayer, wral.com reported.
Although these lawmakers don’t acknowledge her existence, the goddess Eris smiles favorable upon them. Through their single minded attempts to establish order by forcing everybody to abide by their religious beliefs these lawmakers are creating untold amounts of discord. If these bills manage to advance in any way they will almost certainly lead to massive protests full of angry people on both sides shouting at one another. Maneuvers like this also sow seeds of doubt in the minds of those who oppose state established religion. Were this bill to pass opponents of state established religion would have one more reason to view the state as illegitimate. Since the state is the greatest producer of order any strike against it will surely please Eris.