Seems the lawmakers down in Arkansas aren’t real fond of the idea of keeping church and state separate:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The state House on Friday voted against affirming the separation of church and state in a resolution brought by a legislator who said he was fed up with a religious undertone at the Capitol.
The House voted 44-39 against the proposal. Only two Republicans voted for it, and one of them, Rep. Jim Medley, said he had intended to vote no but didn’t get to his machine in time to change his vote.
Democratic Rep. Buddy Blair said he offered the measure because he was tired of conservative colleagues “making every issue into a religious issue.”
“It’s unbelievable to me. They have just voted against the U.S. Constitution and the constitution of the state of Arkansas,” Blair said.
Legislators have offered bills this session to keep gay people from adopting or serving as foster parents; define marriage in school textbooks as a one-man, one-woman union; require minors to get a parent’s permission before an abortion; and offer “In God We Trust” license plates.
Republican Rep. Michael Lamoureux said Blair’s resolution wasn’t needed.
“It’s clear that our founding fathers, that they wanted Christian beliefs,” Lamoureux said. “The separation of church and state is not in our Constitution.”
There was a time when I laughed at the idea that we could see this country turn into a theocracy one day, but I’m finding it less laughable with each passing news item about lawmakers out to undermine the bedrock this country was built on. I used to think that the overwhelming number of moderates would keep the extremists on both sides at bay, but the Fundamentalists have learned how to manipulate their way into office all the way up to the President and they’re hell bent in making good use of their power to bring about the theocracy I used to laugh at. The reelection of Bush has emboldened them to the extent that many feel it’s no longer a threat to their political careers to vote against long-standing principles laid down by the Founding Fathers themselves.
Things are only going to get worse from here. Hang on, it’s going to be a rough ride.