This could possibly be the best delayed April Fool’s joke of all time.

Well, almost. Two North Carolina legislators are fed up with all the secularism in their state and have decided to introduce a bill that would allow North Carolina to declare an official state religion, by way of the Rowan County Defense of Religion Act of 2013. Now if they picked Judaism I would be shocked. The Atlantic Wire and Forbes both point out, as The Boss did this morning that Lemon v Kurtzman [403 US 602] (1971) quashed the constitutionality of any such action by any of the several states.

I know it’s unconstitutional and so do they but in these dark times for conservative thinking any half baked idea to rally the base is better than no idea at all for those on the Right. Here’s my problem with this that goes far beyond the simply nature of how it kicks in the teeth of civil liberties; which religion gets chosen and by whom? Now Carl Ford a Republican from the bustling diverse metropolis of China Grove, North Carolina and Harry Warren a Republican from Salisbury, North Carolina may not have thought this through. I would imagine that both of these men and the other 11 GOP representatives that support it would all stand up and shout “Christianity!” That’s fine since 79% [as of 2001] of the population of the state professes Christianity as their faith of choice. Okay, but which sect?

Let’s say they decide in the North Carolina legislature that their official religion is the Southern Baptist Convention. That may ruffle the feathers of the Methodists, the Mormons, the Episcopalians, the Lutherans, the Presbyterians, the Jews and the Catholics who taken together make up 41% to the Baptists 38%. A religious war could erupt along the lines of the English Civil War from Elizabeth City to Black Mountain over a perceived right that a conservative group of legislators wish they possessed.

If they dodge that time honored western European tradition of murdering each other over how you worship their still would be many hurdles that would have to be jumped in the name of not violating the new law. Public officials would now all have to come from that minority of Baptists. Every judge, every mayor, every sheriff that ran for office would have to come from this pool of citizens and no one else. To hold a public office one would have to swear faith in the state religion. Moreover, the people who sit behind those windows where you get a business license would also have to swear an oath or kiss the hem of a flag or something to keep their positions. So imagine me, a New York Jew living in retirement in North Carolina and I want to start a business. Would I be allowed to get a loan from a Baptist bank? Would I be able to get a driver’s license at the DMV? Maybe I would be easier identified if I wore a pretty yellow Magen David on my coat?

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In Hindsight

This is the entire point. Angry old white dudes again slinging feces at the GOP brand. But of course this has nothing to do with the Republican party that Lincoln was the foundation of as a President. This has to do with the Dixiecrat wing of the Democratic Party that became Republican after Nixon’s Southern Strategy success in 1968. This is still really funny when you think about it. Conservatives lose their minds as if the Marines are on their way to take their guns at any mention of gun control because that’s a violation of the 2nd amendment while these hayseeds in North Carolina clearly have no respect for the 1st amendment at all.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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