The religious right is trying to legislate itself back into relevance and stay there. They made a deal with the devil himself just for the Supreme Court, and they are praying he keeps his side of it. As their numbers dwindle, their desperation becomes more obvious. Below is a summary of this week’s insanity.
Let My People Vote
Michigan Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, wants to exclude ministers from the law that forbids anyone from threatening, cajoling and persuading people to vote a particular way. It is currently a misdemeanor which also applies to ministers, who are not allowed to threaten reprisal against church members for the way they choose to vote.
“Especially if you’re a pastor, you should be able to speak out on issues that are important to you,” Colbeck said. “There are a lot of things that people say that I find offensive. But in that case, there’s freedom of assembly and you can assemble someplace else, whether it’s a part of a congregation or the workplace.” (Detroit Free Press)
Churches currently enjoy tax-exempt status, but for that, they are not allowed to preach about their political views. It sounds like Senator Colbeck has several Amendments and laws confused, however. Bless his heart.
Jim Bakker and John Shorey believe former President Obama and all the “globalists” are determined to collapse the world’s economy. Apparently opponents of Trump are going to cause this meltdown, which will lead to war with Russia. I’m not sure how they got from point A to point B, but nevermind that, it’s all Obama’s fault, and I think that’s the gist of the argument. (RWW)
The Florida State Senate just passed the Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act. This is controversial mostly because it is seen as unnecessary.
The bill prohibits “a school district from discriminating against students, parents, or school personnel on the basis of religious viewpoints or expression.”
“What this does is take all the case law that has happened and kind of fit it to the ground in a format that is workable and uniform so we do not have varying interpretations of what is appropriate.” (WJCT)
The only concern is with science education. Opponents worry that religion and science will collide, and that will leave teachers in a difficult position with no real guidance.
In Nebraska today, Governor Pete Ricketts (R) will sign a bill that ends restrictions on teachers in public schools from wearing religious clothing and accessories.
Rick Wiles, TruNews host and right-winged maniac, announced on his show that Obama won in 2008 and 2012, because the CIA hacked the election. Apparently he had a “bad feeling” on election night in 2012, and this idiocy explains it, so he is going with it. By the way, Obama is not actually vacationing in French Polynesia; he is avoiding arrest for the bigliest scandal in like, ever, to happen in the whole world. Or something…I can barely read this guy without crying from laughing so hard. (RWW)