This week's prize for the best impression of a Tennessee lawmaker goes to North Carolina state Reps. Carl Ford and Henry Warren, who have introduced in the N.C. General Assembly a bill that effectively rejects the notion that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment applies in their state. Upset about a lawsuit that aims to stop county commissioners in Rowan County from opening meetings with Christian prayer, Ford and Warren have dreamed up the Rowan County Defense of Religion Act of 2013, which reads in part:
SECTION 1.The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.
SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public schools, or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.
Translation: The First and 14th amendments do not apply to us. Now that's lawmaking! Your move, Tennessee GOP.