Christian nationalist legislator tells mother her child is a fool
I wish I wasn't writing this column, but alas, theocracy and Christian nationalism never sleeps. In the state of North Carolina there is a bill, with considerable Republican support, to enact a state church.
The idea behind this bill is that the First Amendment's, Establishment Clause, that pertains to religion, does not apply to the states.
Of course the 14th Amendment guaranteed to all people, no matter what state they lived in, full liberty and equality under the law. If a state can ignore an establishment of religion violation, can they torture at will to acquire confessions?
Lock up journalists who investigate the powerful? Would we have 50 little dictatorships? Once again, the biggest violation of rights happen not at the federal, but the state level.
Republicans in Tennessee withdrew a bill that would provide taxpayer funded school vouchers for religious schools, because of concerns that some taxpayer money could go to at least one Islamic school in Tennessee.
Of course, there are hundreds of religious schools in that state, but the idea that a Muslim school can get money was enough to stop the bill so that it could be rewritten so that only Christians (and maybe some Jewish schools) get money.
After all, it is fine for religious schools to get taxpayer money to teach that Jesus rose from the dead after being buried in a cave, but you better not teach about Muhammad and his magical carpet ride.
In Arkansas, Rep. John Payton (Republican of course) wrote back a non-Christian mother, who wrote him, that her first grade daughter is a fool who can do no good, because her mother, and her, are not Christians. Did I mention that the daughter was in the first grade?
This was in regards of a bill that would mandate a one minute moment of silence, which of course, has nothing to do with the government and state of Arkansas (including Rep. Payton) in encouraging Christianity. I hope I wasn't being too subtle in my sarcasm.
Rep. Payton responded to the mother by quoting two bible verses that directly call this mother and her daughter, fools. See, Christian right-wingers commonly quote bible verse that calls atheists fools, hiding behind the supposed author being a god, instead of a scientifically ignorant simpleton man who feared everything around him.
If you desire to support keeping church and state separate, please think about joining Americans United for the Separation of Church and State or the American Civil Liberties Union.