Monday, March 06, 2006

DAVID SATER, CONSTITUTION HATER

OK, he's a First Amendment hater. Is that better?

Sater, a state representative from Cassville, has introduced a resolution calling for the Missouri General Assembly to "stand with the majority of our constituents" and make Missouri a Christian state.

No, really. Granny Geek turned us on to this one via her blog, and she wouldn't steer us wrong.

We looked up Sater and found the precise bill he's sponsored. Here's the text:
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.
Surprisingly, there is no "amen" at the end of the bill. Probably an oversight.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's that you say? Religion is the opiate of the masses?

bboldt2 said...

This hopefully will end up as a tempest in a teapot. Sater and Cynthia Davis seem to be intent on making Missouri the laughing-stock of rational people around the globe.

This is technically not a bill and hence will not be a binding law subject to the separation clause of the First Amendment. It is just another example of Republican demagoguery: play shamelessly to their fundamentalist base while refusing comment to the general public. None of the Republicans are answering their phones on this one.

I do think they have become more embolden since the Alito appointment however. Note the S. Dakota anti-abortion bill - no exception even for rape or incest! Are you willing to give odds on the Supremes overturning this one?

This is just the beginning of an all out theocratic assault on the Bill of Rights.

These kooks bear watching.

Peace,
Bob Boldt