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Sunday, November 19, 2017

5 Worst Ideas From North Carolina’s Tea Party Legislature

Trying To Establish A State Religion

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North Carolina Republican state representatives Henry Warren and Carl Ford introduced House Joint Resolution 494 in early April, which would allow the state to institute an official state religion.

The resolution reads: “The Constitution of the United States does not grant the federal government and does not grant the federal courts the power to determine what is or is not constitutional; therefore, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the power to determine constitutionality and the proper interpretation and proper application of the Constitution is reserved to the states and to the people.” Ultimately granting themselves the power to determine what is and is not Constitutional, these Tea Party lawmakers think it’s lawful to establish a state religion.

It continues: “Each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion.” Um, no.

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