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Insane bible-beating Missouri bills

Some of these extremist AmTaliban measures are so ridiculous that the mainstream religious community has to come out and say “enough.”

Such is the case with the handiwork of Missouri legislators Rep. David Sater (R-Cassville) and House Speaker Pro Tem Carl Bearden (R- St. Charles).

A nonbinding resolution meant to recognize the country’s Christian founders appears to have stalled out — which didn’t disappoint some Springfield Christian leaders.

Sater, Bearden

It remains to be seen what will happen to a separate bill that would ask Missourians to change the state constitution to “secure a citizen’s right to acknowledge Almighty God” in schools and other public places.

…Rep. David Sater, a Cassville Republican, said some people have accused him of trying to establish a state religion by filing the resolution. It states that “our forefathers recognized a Christian God” and that “we the majority also wish to exercise our constitutional right to acknowledge our Creator.”

The resolution goes on to say that “voluntary prayer in public schools and religious displays on public property are not a coalition of church and state.”

Bearden’s bill, House Joint Resolution 39, is a proposed amendment that would state that “a citizen’s right to pray or to express his or her religious beliefs on any public property, including schools, shall not be infringed.”

As I said at the top, the religious leaders came out and gave these measures the smackdown.

“I think the ability to pray is not governed by the state, period.”
— the Rev. Hosea Bilyeu, speaking only for himself, not his Ridgecrest Baptist Church

“It seems to me to be an attempt on the part of some legislators at recreating the world that they remember, that they grew up in — when the United States was not as diverse in its religious background as it certainly is now.”
— Rev. Roger Ray, senior pastor of National Avenue Christian Church

“Christians are the religious majority in the United States, but that does not give us any license … to trample the rights of minorities.”
— The Rev. Bill Havens, pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church, calling the proposed legislation “misguided”

Hat tip to Blender Tony.

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