North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill

This never should have been allowed to happen in the first place, but instituting any one religion is still unconstitutional.

Huffington Post – by John Celock

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 andbacked 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, reported.

The religion bill comes as some Republican-led states seek to separate themselves from the federal government, primarily on the issues of guns and Obamacare. This includes a proposal in Mississippi to establish a state board with the power to nullify federal laws.

The North Carolina bill’s main sponsors, state Reps. Carl Ford (R-China Grove) and Harry Warren (R-Salisbury), could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, The Salisbury Post reported. Co-sponsors include House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes (R-Hickory). Another is state Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Concord), who in February introduced a state constitutional amendment that would allow for carrying concealed weapons to fight federal “tyranny.”

The bill says the First Amendment only applies to the federal government and does not stop state governments, local governments and school districts from adopting measures that defy the Constitution. The legislation also says that the Tenth Amendment, which says powers not reserved for the federal government belong to the states, prohibits court rulings that would seek to apply the First Amendment to state and local officials.

The bill reads:

SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public schools, or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

The North Carolina state constitution disqualifies those who do not believe in God from public office. The provision has been unenforcible since the 1961 Supreme Court decision in Torcaso v. Watkins, which prohibited such bans.

10 thoughts on “North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill

  1. If they get away with this, they will use it as precedence for states’ powers to restrict arms rights

  2. “The bill says the First Amendment only applies to the federal government and does not stop state governments, local governments and school districts from adopting measures that defy the Constitution.”

    WTF??? Did this person even study the Constitution or go to school?

    The first 9 articles apply to WE THE PEOPLE by our creator and then the 10th article applies anything else that is not related to the first 9 articles to state’s rights. To say that the 1st article is a right given to us by the Federal Government is ABSURD!

  3. They don’t seem to remember the last time they tried this. That would be 1860. We have learned a lot since then about what to do with law makers who disrespect the Constitution, and cause the Federal Government to take action against them, other than Civil Legal action. We will drag your lilly white butts into a Federal jail, and keep you their because you are a flight risk, and depending upon how far you have gone, maybe charge you with treason or rebellion.

    The Constitution of the United States is the document by which this country is run. If it is a Federal Right, the States MUST bow to that Right. Failure to do so will bring in the Federal Army if necessary. The National Guard can be Federalized first. We did that in the 1950’s and 60’s.

    What was not made certain by the Civil War, has been made certain since then. The Republican Party of North Carolina is trying to drag the state back nearly 150 years into the 19th Century. Never again.

  4. “North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill” ONLY if people living in North Carolina ALLOW them to!

  5. how stupid can these STATE CITIZENS be ?

    everybody knows GOD is a “JEW”….right ?

    99% of all GOOD BAPTISTS agree….Jesus was “Jewish” and even Mickie Kapner claims that Jesus was the “Jewish” messiah….

    for Khazar “Jews” from Birobidjan….who speak YIDDISH

    and transmit herpes to baby boys…and “Jew” worship on Talmudvision for BRAINDEADGOY…..24/7 – 365


  6. NC State Constitution:

    Sec. 5. Allegiance to the United States.

    Every citizen of this State owes paramount allegiance to the Constitution and government of the United States, and no law or ordinance of the State in contravention or subversion thereof can have any binding force.

  7. I live in the ass hole state of North Carolina. I have run of state elected office many time, I know how these people think and operate. The elected people in this state are controlled by the christian right. This does not surprise me. They go to church on sunday and after that they all go to lunch and talk about the KKK meeting that they will have that night. YES, most in this state are Baptists and they are the worst or on par with the jews.

    1. I don`t know Richard, I think them Mormons are some of the lowest and then them Jehovas. At least those Baptists choirs can sing ya know. Imho.

      1. LOL Digger! Speaking of Jehova Witness’.
        When I was young and had my own apt., all of these traveling church people came around.
        80’s, Pretty much every religion was out door knocking then.
        I invited them all in (I knew my Creator, just wanted to know more about their thoughts)
        I would offer water, tea or whatever and we would chat.
        After a few visits from the Jehova Witness guys and having read their Watch Tower things they left,
        I asked them “Of all of the people in the world, what makes you think “You” will be one of the 97 that get to go be with Jehova?”
        They didn’t give any clear answer, and never came back hehe!

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