Tuesday, March 13, 2012

'Religious Freedom Act' Gets OK From Kentucky Senate

Kentucky, in an effort to take the focus off the batshittery [wordage courtesy JMG] off Tennessee, may allow its citizens to vote on a proposed change to the state Constitution that its backers are calling "the Religious Freedom Act."
Jimmy "JimBob" Higdon, a Republican, naturally, sponsored the bill and says it's designed to protect the free exercise of religion from unnecessary restriction by government. JimBob set down his corncob pipe, to add that his bill would give Kentucky courts "more ammunition in favor of religion" when considering cases such as the jailing of Amish residents in Western Kentucky who refused to use orange safety triangles on their buggies and Christians in Bell County who want to hold public prayer at school athletic events.
Higdon's bill would "prohibit any human authority from burdening actions that are based on religious beliefs, except in support of a compelling governmental interest using the least restrictive means to further that interest."
Naturally, every single religious wingnut in Kentucky has crawled out from under their double-wide to YeeHaw the bill, because, you know, in Amurica, ya cain't practice yer religion in public schools, and you cain't use yer religious views to circumvent the traffic laws in the state.
Jimmy Higdon
Seriously, Kentucky? You have every right to practice your religion where you choose. You can pray wherever you want. What you cannot do is impose your need for prayer on public school students in a public school, or at a public school function.
You wanna ask God to bless the Butcher Holler Toothless Cousins before the big game? Go ahead. But why do you need to do so on the field, and make anyone who doesn't share your religious beliefs feel out of place.
Pray all you want, but don't make it a rule, or law, to pray.
Be as religious as you want, but don't use your religion as an excuse to break the law.
It's called Separation of Church and State for a reason.
And, one more thing: why is it that these religious wingnuts--and, I know, not all religious folk are wingnuts--want everyone to pray and believe as they do, and yet people who don't believe, or people who question religion, or people who have a differing religious bent, don't want to inflict their will on the wingnuts.
Live. And let live, eh?


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