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CBS: Arizona Lawmaker: Church Attendance Should Be Mandatory

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PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas)– A Republican lawmaker is raising eyebrows after proposing church attendance should be made mandatory.

Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen made the comments during a committee meeting with lawmakers. The meeting was concerning a gun bill and concealed weapons permits, as reported by KPHO.

“I believe what’s happening to our country is that there’s a moral erosion of the soul of America,” Allen said.

Allen said more people may feel the need to carry weapons if a “moral rebirth” doesn’t occur in America.

“It’s the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don’t know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” she told the committee, as reported by KPHO.

“But since that would not be allowed and we would not even be debating that, I’m going to vote yes that people who are responsible who have a CCW permit don’t have to worry about their guns as they’re out and about and doing business in whatever building they’re in except ones that where they aren’t allowed,” Allen went on to say.

Democratic Sen. Steve Farley attended the meeting and posted Allen’s comments on social media. Farley also mentioned that Allen’s idea goes against the Constitution.

“Even if you believe that would stem the moral decay, I think the Constitution makes it very clear that our country is founded on the pillar of separation of church and state,” Farley said.

Please tell me how you get to “Church attendance should be mandatory” from “ since that would not be allowed and we would not even be debating that” and “Probably we should be debating a bill”? The Senator was clearly speaking hypothetically, and immediately denied her own hypothesis.

Get a friggin clue, morons.


Oh, and my guess as to the reason she shot it down is that public outcry would be deafening. Such a bill would not be at all unconstitutional. Democrat Senator Farley is misinformed.

The first line of the First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is known as the Establishment Clause. It applies to Congress, ie the federal government. Period. What it means is that there shall be no national religion. Period. It does not apply AT ALL to the States, who are completely within their powers to decide if they wish to have an Official Religion or not.  In fact, more than one of the early state constitutions mention Protestantism in exactly this manner, and at least one, Massachusetts, also required regular church attendance. With fines for non-compliance. And they collected those fines until some point in the 1830s or 1840s IIRC.

Farley’s “pillar” is in fact completely wrong. Completely, utterly wrong in the modern sense [ see the nuance coming? ] that any contact between church and government (state and local included) is some kind of poisonous anathema. We have SCOTUS Justice (Alabama Democrat) Hugo Black to thank for this twisted view; FDR’s sycophant flunky, high school drop out, and racist Klansman. Because the Klan hated more than just blacks and gays. They hated Catholics and Jews too.

Ok ... this should get a lively debate going! Have at it!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/30/2015 at 12:55 PM   
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