What the heck are lawmakers in Indiana and Arizona smoking?
Each year lawmakers propose a few ideas at the state Capitol that leave us shaking our heads in disbelief.
This year, Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, thinks it is a good idea to make church attendance mandatory.
Allen brought up her brilliant idea during a committee meeting Tuesday while lawmakers were debating a gun bill concerning concealed weapons permits, which obviously had nothing to do with religion.
Allen explained that without a “moral rebirth” in the country more Americans will feel the need to carry a weapon.
“I believe what’s happening to our country is that there’s a moral erosion of the soul of America,” she said.
“It’s the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don’t know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” she told the committee.
“But since that would not be allowed and we would not even be debating that, I’m going to vote yes that people who are responsible who have a CCW permit don’t have to worry about their guns as they’re out and about and doing business in whatever building they’re in except ones that where they aren’t allowed,” she said.
Democratic Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson shared Allen’s comments on social media, saying he believes the idea goes against the U.S. Constitution.
“Even if you believe that would stem the moral decay, I think the Constitution makes it very clear that our country is founded on the pillar of separation of church and state,” Farley said.
Sen Sylvia Allen just declared in Approps that she wants a law to require all Americans to attend church on Sundays.
— Steve Farley (@SteveFarleyAZ) March 25, 2015