March 03, 2006

You see, "separation of church and state" is clearly a typo for "separation of churches by the state"

Some (I assume "some", because they can't all be that stupid) Missouri state legislators want to name Christianity Missouri's official religion. (See bugmenot for login credentials.)

The resolution would recognize "a Christian god," and it would not protect minority religions, but "protect the majority's right to express their religious beliefs.

The resolution also recognizes that "a greater power exists," and only Christianity receives what the resolution calls, "justified recognition."

And here I thought that Christians (along with everybody else) already had the right to express their religious beliefs. Oh, the poor tyrannized majority!

(Thanks to Victoria for the link.)

Posted by Francis at 10:04 PM

I think by "express" they mean "enforce".

Posted by: Doug Orleans at March 4, 2006 04:08 AM

You've got to love a news story that is eight sentences long and eight paragraphs long. Detail-rich!

Posted by: Eric Berlin at March 4, 2006 07:46 AM

This resolution is astoundingly stupid and insensitive, but at the same time, it's just a resolution -- it doesn't have the force of law. So I don't know that anyone could do much about it, other than calling their local legislators to remind them that the first amendment, by implication, allows freedom from religion.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a more complete article about the resolution. (The headline, though, is a masterpiece of understatement: "Proposed House resolution on religion irks some here.")

Posted by: Debby at March 4, 2006 09:46 AM

Am I missing something about why they keep referring to "a" Christian god (or "God," as in the SLPD article)? I thought there was only one (well, "One" that shape-shifted among "Three," depending on the circumstances). How many are there?

Debby, to be precise, it's a "proposed resolution," so it doesn't even have the force of a resolution. But it has no business being "just a resolution" to begin with.

Posted by: Victoria at March 4, 2006 04:40 PM

Omigod, has someone alerted Bill O'Reilly to the sufferings of Missouri Christians? Their rights are being trampled by "some" who are "irked."

Posted by: Orange at March 5, 2006 12:42 AM

"protect the majority's right to express their religious beliefs." From what I've heard, the local buddhist temple in St. Louis has been going around roughing people up if they don't recognize that the world is simply illusion.

Posted by: Steve at March 6, 2006 10:44 AM

Oh, I do like the gangs of Buddhist toughs.

One with everything? I'll make you one with everything!


Posted by: Vardibidian at March 8, 2006 09:29 AM

Turns out you can totally hear one hand clapping if it's hitting someone in the face in the process.

Posted by: Francis at March 8, 2006 09:35 AM

I was accosted by a gang of Buddhists the other day and they freed me from all worldly desires ... if you know what I mean.

Life is Suffering,

Posted by: Vardibidian at March 8, 2006 11:10 AM

Did you catch the survey attached to an AP story about this resolution, also on It asked this: "Do you think a resolution recognizing the role of Christianity in our nation is a good idea?"

Talk about misleading! No surprise: The majority of responders said they like it.

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