Earlier this week I posted on North Carolina submitting legislation that would allow for the creation of a State Religion:
I can’t imagine that this bill will pass into law. In fact, I have no idea what the point of the legislation is about.
Well, it turns out that the bill won’t become law after all, in fact, it won’t even make it for a vote:
RALEIGH — The resolution that would assert North Carolina and its counties have the right to declare an official religion won’t be voted on, the office of House Speaker Thom Tillis said Thursday. That means it’s essentially dead.
Further, and I didn’t catch this at first:
Resolutions like the Defense of Religion Act do not become law if they are passed. They are generally used to honor dignitaries or groups, or to launch commissions to study issues.
It was never meant to actually BECOME law, just make a point.
SALISBURY, N.C. — One of the North Carolina legislators who sponsored a resolution declaring the state can make its own laws about religion without involvement from the federal government and courts is apologizing for any embarrassment to his community and state.
Warren says he only intended to allow Rowan County officials to continue opening meetings with prayer, not to establish a state religion. The American Civil Liberties Union sued county commissioners last month, accusing the panel of violating the First Amendment by routinely praying to Jesus Christ.
Whatever else the bill/resolution did or didn’t say, I have to add that I think a small community, even a county, should be able to open their meetings with a prayer to whoever they wanna pray to. What they cannot do is to force everyone in that community to offer the same prayer to the same divine.