Missouri declares Christianity its official religion.

Jean Dudley jean.dudley at gmail.com
Fri Mar 3 11:56:11 PST 2006

Thank you, Winston.  Once again, the media tends to overdramatize 
issues with incendiary titles/headlines.  I'm not sure that Missouri is 
declaring Xianity a state or official religion, but the wording of this 
resolution surely smells of it.  Besides, it's plainly a way to have 
prayer in public schools and nativity scenes on public property.

It's just a resolution--can future law or jurisprudence be based on it? 
  Are we at the top of a legislative or judicial "slippery slope"?

On Mar 3, 2006, at 11:39 AM, Winston Calvert wrote:

> Here is the text of the resolution:
> House Concurrent Resolution No. 13
> 4572L.02I
> http://www.house.state.mo.us/bills061/bills/hcr13.htm
> Whereas, our forefathers of this great nation of the
> United States recognized a Christian God and used the
> principles afforded to us by Him as the founding
> principles of our nation; and
> Whereas, as citizens of this great nation, we the
> majority also wish to exercise our constitutional
> right to acknowledge our Creator and give thanks for
> the many gifts provided by Him; and
> Whereas, as elected officials we should protect the
> majority's right to express their religious beliefs
> while showing respect for those who object; and
> Whereas, we wish to continue the wisdom imparted in
> the Constitution of the United States of America by
> the founding fathers; and
> Whereas, we as elected officials recognize that a
> Greater Power exists above and beyond the institutions
> of mankind:
> Now, therefore, be it resolved by the members of the
> House of Representatives of the Ninety-third General
> Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate
> concurring therein, that we stand with the majority of
> our constituents and exercise the common sense that
> voluntary prayer in public schools and religious
> displays on public property are not a coalition of
> church and state, but rather the justified recognition
> of the positive role that Christianity has played in
> this great nation of ours, the United States of
> America.
> --- "Volokh, Eugene" <VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu> wrote:
>> 	Is it that Missouri "declares" Christianity its
>> official
>> religion, or just that some legislators have
>> proposed such a resolution?
>> (Either are worth condemning, I think, but it's
>> important to have a
>> sense of what exactly is happening.)
Jean Dudley
Future Law Student

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