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Come to Jeebus: Mississippi House OKs Ten Commandments, other phrases in public

Unquestionably heterosexual Mississippi Dem Rep. Tommy Reynolds submitted the holy-roller bill; AmTaliban Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association is ecstatic over its passage.

This kind of bullsh*t almost leaves you breathless. Watching the legislative obliteration of the wall between church and state is akin to watching a 30-car pile-up in slow motion, seeing the carnage and not being able to do anything about it. (WingNutDaily):

The Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that allows for the posting of religious texts in public, including the Ten Commandments, the national motto “In God We Trust” and pronouncements from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount known as “The Beatitudes.”

In 2001, Mississippi passed the first state law in the U.S. that requires its public schools post the motto “In God We Trust.” The American Family Association hailed the bill’s passage.

Rep. Jim Evans, is also a minister and says politicians that use holy texts for their own purposes “have a weak understanding of God’s word.” Rep. John Mayo is concerned about using the Lord’s name for political gain.

We commend the Mississippi House for approving legislation that acknowledges America’s spiritual heritage and its role in the foundation of society,” said Tim Wildmon, president of AFA, in a statement. “Mere acknowledgement of religion and public symbols that reflect our religious history do not equate with establishment of religion.”

The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Tommy Reynolds, was not supported by all his fellow Democrats. Rep. Jim Evans, a minister, objected to the legislation, saying politicians who use holy texts for their own gain have a weak understanding of God’s word, the Delta Democrat Times reported. And Rep. John Mayo wrote of the bill: “I hope God forgives us for using his name for political gain.”

The bill now goes to the state Senate; the AFA will be lobbying hard.

Thanks to House Blend reader Oddjob for the pointer.

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