North Carolina has power to establish official religion, resolution says
By Andrew Dunn
Posted: Thursday, Apr. 04, 2013
RALEIGH Two Rowan County lawmakers drew nationwide attention Wednesday for pushing a resolution that says North Carolina and its counties and towns have the right to establish an official religion.
Rep. Carl Ford, a Republican from China Grove, and Salisbury Republican Rep. Harry Warren filed the measure this week as Rowan commissioners gear up to fight a lawsuit that seeks to end their habit of opening meetings with specifically Christian prayers. . . .
What part of "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" do some people not understand? Despite some purposeful misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment by socialist judicial activists in the 20th century, nothing relevant to the First Amendment has changed in the wording of the U.S. Constitution since several states with state churches or laws involving religious worship were admitted into the union with those institutions and laws intact. The matter of religion is purely an internal matter for the states.
Is it a good idea to go to the extreme of having a state church? Probably not, but lots of states have bad ideas put into law and it should be up to them to govern themselves--for better or worse. Certainly the damned idiots in D.C.--especially the drooling cretins on the US Supreme Court--can render no better decisions as they have arrogantly taken upon themselves the task of micromanaging our lives.
But then, the legislators in N.C. are not talking about actually establishing a state church, are they? Indeed, on the practices attendant to religion, especially on the matter of prayer in school and other such finer details, if there's going to be true freedom of worship, it will have to be up to the people in the states and their willingness to fight for it and defy the tyranny (yes, with nullification) of the fascist central government that has been doing its best to denigrate our unalienable right to worship.
And, for those of you who may object to states' rights on the matter of religion and keep wrongly referring to the misunderstood phrase, "wall of separation," here's what Thomas Jefferson said on the exact issue in 1808:
"I consider the government of the U S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment, or free exercise, or religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the U.S. Certainly no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the general government. It must then rest with the states, as far as it can be in any human authority."