Moral Rebirth through Required Church Attendance

Moral rebirth is what Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen, Republican of course,  wants for our country.

Moral rebirth is what Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen wants
Moral rebirth is what Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen wants

Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Mormon from Snowflake, wants to require you to attend church every Sunday to bring about a “moral rebirth,” whatever that is.  She thinks it would be good for the country, and seems wistful that such a law “would not be allowed.”

This is another one I missed, or I would’ve posted it immediately.

She brought up the subject during a committee meeting in late March, when lawmakers were debating a gun control bill concerning concealed weapons permits. She said, “I believe what’s happening to our country is that there’s a moral erosion of the soul of America.”

“It’s the soul that is corrupt,” she continued, as if a nation’s soul were a tangible thing that could be corrupted. Maybe it’s  Mormon thing; I dunno. “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.” Good luck with that, Senator!

Without a “moral rebirth” in the country, she said, more people may feel the need to carry a weapon. I don’t know about that. She may be right, since Christianity is mostly a peaceful religion now. Mostly, I repeat. Now, I repeat. It hasn’t always been so. Remember the Crusades? Remember the Inquisition?

Maybe going to church regularly would make people feel safe. Maybe they’d even have a moral rebirth. But I doubt it. I know a Baptist preacher who carries a loaded gun in his pants pocket. He attends church more than almost anybody, but he doesn’t seem to feel safe. He’d tell you that he’s been reborn, too; but he’d probably say it was not the kind of moral rebirth this woman is talking about.

This legislator doesn’t seem to understand there is a reason why church and state are separate in the United States. A very important reason. Our forefathers experienced the oppression of state-sponsored religion in Europe. Remember the Mayflower? They designed our Constitution to make sure such a thing could never happen here.

We must elect representatives who will uphold the Constitution of the United States, as they swear to do. Not lawmakers who want to compel you and me to conform to their religion.


One thought on “Moral Rebirth through Required Church Attendance

  1. This is, I hope, the last quivering of a dying beast. Here in europe Christianity is down to the bare bones. (You might argue that it is becoming Islamic but Muslims must understand they have not been invited to fill the void) How can the greatest country in the world, birthplace of some of the most profound science – and I say that without sarcasm – succumb to the pressures of old time religions? To outsiders it seems baffling but I would like to know if there are any figures that represent the atheist population (or indeed if anyone will admit to it?) How will science fair against this tide of superstition?

    Is it a republican thing or are Democrats just as guilty?

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