I am cross-eyed with rage about this. Apparently, some bigots in the North Carolina legislature have introduced a bill making Christianity the official religion of North Carolina:
Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings.
The bill, filed Monday by two GOP lawmakers from Rowan County and backed by nine other Republicans, says each state “is sovereign” and courts cannot block a state “from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.” The legislation was filed in response to a lawsuit to stop county commissioners in Rowan County from opening meetings with a Christian prayer, wral.com reported.
OK everything about this sucks. Everything about this scream religious discrimination. Everything about this is bigoted, intolerant TOTAL FUCKING BULLSHIT THAT WILL ENSURE I NEVER SPEND A SINGLE ONE OF MY NON-CHRISTIAN DOLLARS IN NORTH CAROLINA.
I’m not a Christian but not a day goes by that I don’t witness some exhibition of Christian practice by elected leaders. When the President – any of them – end speeches with “God bless the United States – I roll my eyes and grind my teeth a little because I don’t believe in the kind of god that goes around blessing stuff. I don’t really believe in any gods. I want to ignore all the major religions. I don’t want to talk about them, hear about them or read about them. But I am not afforded that luxury because there is a presumption by many that everyone is Christian and if they aren’t they should be so HOLLA YOUR FAITH, YO.
Usually I just find overt Christian bloviating by elected officials sort of boring and I ignore it because they’re clearly pandering to a constituency and that’s what politicians do. But this? Attempting to codify Christianity into law? Bull. Fucking. Shit.
We are NOT a Christian nation. Don’t believe me? Read up on the Treaty of Triopli wherein the US Senate – including framers of the Constitution – straight up said the US is not a Christian nation. And because we are not a Christian nation, I don’t have to believe that Jesus rose from the dead and NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO CHANGE MY MIND. No jackass state legislator should even consider trying to say that any part of the US is officially Christian because doing so marginalizes everyone who isn’t Christian and that? IS TOTAL FUCKING BULLSHIT.
This move is nothing short of Christian bigotry based on the misguided notion that Christians are persecuted in America. Which they are not. Ever tried to do anything on Easter Sunday? Stores, restaurants, malls are closed. Because you know. Jesus. That’s the level of consideration the Christian faith gets. No one is trying to shut Christianity down.
You NC legislators are free as birds to practice your religion. And I am free as a bird not to. Don’t be trying to take that from me. Trying to elevate your religion above all others and enshrine it in law is flat out anti-American and I will not hesitate to say that to your face.