North Carolina Tries to Establish State-Sponsored Religion
... because, apparently, the Constitution doesn't prohibit it. No, seriously, that's their reasoning -
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROCLAIM THE ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA,
2 DEFENSE OF RELIGION ACT OF 2013.
3 Whereas, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of
4 the United States reads:"…Congress shall make no law respecting an Establishment of
5 Religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…"; and
6 Whereas, this prohibition does not apply to states, municipalities, or schools; and
7 Whereas, in recent times, the federal judiciary has incorporated states,
8 municipalities, and schools into the Establishment Clause prohibitions on Congress; and
9 Whereas, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: "The
10 powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States,
11 are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.";
Lines 31 - 37 are the best, though -
31 SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution
32 of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws
33 respecting an establishment of religion.
34 SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal
35 court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public
36 schools, or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an
37 establishment of religion.
I've always been a state's rights guy in the sense that smaller municipalities should have some latitude in deciding for themselves about a great many things that can vary from region to region. The United States is a very large, diverse place, so I always figured this was healthy, to a point. Folks like this, though... just wow. "We declare federal law doesn't apply to us, because... well. We don't want it to." I'm curious how far this will go.