Christianity to become Missouri’s official religion?

Remember how I said this (and you thought I was being hysterical and hyperbolic)?

On the Court, Alito would join forces with Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Kennedy to dismantle whole volumes of the last century’s jurisprudence.

We’re talking turnabouts that could have a concrete impact, fast. Like, goodbye, Brown v. Board of Education; welcome back, segregation? Also, hello, official state churches? Hooray for poll taxes? “No chicks or spics need apply” = no problem?

Well, Missouri may be getting ready to test one of my predictions. (Thanks for the link, Max.)

My friend Bill, a Missouri native and Smug Superiority Show co-host, responds thusly: “If you show up for poker tonight and can’t find me, I’ll be the one dangling from a tree limb with a rope around my neck.” And Grant Barrett has a state election write-in suggestion.

Update: A reader writes in to defend the resolution, which, according to the Missouri House of Representatives’ website, “resolves that voluntary prayer in public schools, religious displays on public property, and the recognition of a Christian God are not a coalition of church and state.” (Isn’t it heartwarming to see a state legislature “clarifying” the protections of the U.S. Constitution in this way?) Here’s what he says:

Here is the text of the Missouri bill…. [T]here’s no way you can read this and tell me the intent is to establish Christianity as the state religion. It seems clear that KMOV’s quotations from the bill are taken out of context and were meant to inflame.

House Concurrent Resolution No. 13

Whereas, our forefathers of this great nation of the United States recognized a Christian God and used the principles afforded to us by Him as the founding principles of our nation; and

Whereas, as citizens of this great nation, we the majority also wish to exercise our constitutional right to acknowledge our Creator and give thanks for the many gifts provided by Him; and

Whereas , as elected officials we should protect the majority’s right to express their religious beliefs while showing respect for those who object; and

Whereas, we wish to continue the wisdom imparted in the Constitution of the United States of America by the founding fathers; and

Whereas , we as elected officials recognize that a Greater Power exists above and beyond the institutions of mankind:

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-third General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, that we stand with the majority of our constituents and exercise the common sense that voluntary prayer in public schools and religious displays on public property are not a coalition of church and state, but rather the justified recognition of the positive role that Christianity has played in this great nation of ours, the United States of America.


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