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01 February 2011

Unprecedented Attack on Separation of Church and State

By Rob

Social conservatives riding on the coattails of the Tea Party movement must be thinking we're too distracted with Obamacare to notice while they perpetrate their mischief. How else to explain a bill in the Oklahoma Senate to rescind the state's constitutional guarantee of religious freedom?

Article 2 Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution states:

No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.
Apparently those pushing the Governor's Office of Faith-based Initiatives and things like faith programs in prisons and tax dollars for religious schools are annoyed enough and emboldened enough by the Republican takeover of Oklahoma's government to try to remove that passage. Senate Joint Resolution 23 calls for a state question to remove Article 2 Section 5 to be put on the ballot for a vote. Be on the lookout for this to happen in your state!

(Here is a perfect illustration of the hypocrisy of social conservatives who try to pass themselves off as Tea Partiers: they don't want limits on the government's ability to intrude on religious matters. This will only lead to bigger government, not smaller government.)

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