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February 19, 2008

Missouri Constitution 2.0: Extra Jeebus Edition

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , — akcb @ 3:42 am


The Star reports the Missouri House of Representatives has given its initial approval to a proposed amendment to our state Constitution to ensure every citizens right to public prayer. Never mind that it’s already there. The amendment was proposed by Odessa Representative Mike McGhee.

“McGhee said he was told by a minister that students somewhere had been prohibited from carrying Bibles onto school buses. “

And what better reason could there be to amend the Missouri Constitution than a rumor heard at church bake sale?

This article is so full of Republican douchebaggery, it’s like something from the Onion.

“Rep. Bryan Stevenson, a Webb City Republican, said the amendment doesn’t really change any law. But some school superintendents needed to be reminded what the law on religious freedom already is, he said.”

Perhaps you could send them a nice note with a basket of jams? Or hold a “gentle reminder” press conference? Or file suit in a State Court under the current law? Oops, forgot. We’re basing all this on an anecdote relayed to the bill’s sponsor, so we probably don’t have any standing.

The bill is pending final approval in the House. If it makes it, it will be passed to Senate and could appear on the November ballot and what convenient timing that is! Smells like a ploy to get the extra-Jeebusy folks who aren’t so fond of John McCain to the polls. Maybe we should ban gay marriage again, too, for old times’ sake. Is just the once really enough? I mean, butt-sex, fer chrissake.


  1. Quoting the article you linked to:

    It also would allow public school students freedom of religious expression without interference as long as the expression was private, voluntary and not disruptive.

    “I just want everyone to know that whatever their faith, this is their right,” McGhee said.

    I don’t know this McGhee fellow at all, but my prejudicial tendency is to question the Congressman from Odessa whether that would also apply to private, voluntary, and non-disruptive prayer, oh, I don’t know…on airplanes. By dudes. With beards.

    Or did he, as I suppose, forget to mention that this reminder is only for the benefit of Jeebus-prayers?

    Man, it turns my stomach when the 1st Amendment gets perverted like that.

    Comment by Cliff — February 19, 2008 @ 5:32 am

  2. That is an efficient use of tax payers’ dollars. I bet it cost over $100K just to pass a law that already exists.

    Comment by Tammy — February 19, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

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