Mississippi Group Seeks To Declare Christianity As State Religion

Nov 25, 2014

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By Zack Ford

As a federal judge prepares to rule on Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, a group known as the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign is trying to cement Christianity as the state’s official religion in its constitution. They are proposing a constitutional amendment that they hope will be on the 2016 ballot.

The campaign’s Arthur Randallson explained to American Family Association news network OneNewsNow, “We have taken a little bit of time to prepare an initiative that covers promoting Christianity, which is recognized as the principal religion of Mississippi from the founding of the state in 1817 to the present, and affirmed in the state constitution prayer acknowledging the Holy Bible.”

The actual text of the amendment would read:

The State of Mississippi hereby acknowledges the fact of her identity as a principally Christian and quintessentially Southern state, in terms of the majority of her population, character, culture, history, and heritage, from 1817 to the present; accordingly, the Holy Bible is acknowledged as a foremost source of her founding principles, inspiration, and virtues; and, accordingly, prayer is acknowledged as a respected, meaningful, and valuable custom of her citizens. The acknowledgments hereby secured shall not be construed to transgress either the national or the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights.


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26 comments on “Mississippi Group Seeks To Declare Christianity As State Religion

  • The State of Mississippi hereby acknowledges the fact of her identity as a principally Christian and quintessentially Southern state..

    The conservative mind set on display. Nothing changes. I don’t want anything to change. And even if things do change, I will outlaw the change. I want my entire state to be of one tribe, my tribe, not yours. I want Ground Hog Day. I want the first half of Pleasantville.

    Change is inevitable.



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  • .
    The State of Mississippi hereby acknowledges the fact of her identity as a principally Christian and quintessentially Southern state, in terms of the majority of her population, character, culture, history, and heritage, from 1817 to the present; accordingly, the Holy Bible is acknowledged as a foremost source of her founding principles, inspiration, and virtues; and, accordingly, prayer is acknowledged as a respected, meaningful, and valuable custom of her citizens. The acknowledgments hereby secured shall not be construed to transgress either the national or the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

    Yep. This part of the U.S. population is crying out for an Ayatollah. ( part of a quote from a previous thread).



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  • This type of vision is once more one of separation – one that took 36 States and decades of effort to heal during the Reconstruction. Mississippi was a major beneficiary of this, but how soon they forget.
    Mississippi is the recipient of the second largest (US) Federal dole; and since they also revere having a state religion, the right to fly the flag of treason during the month of the CSA Declaration of Secession, and officially adopt “Dixie” as their state song, it only stands to reason that they no longer need the rest of the United States.
    Therefore, I support the removal of all federal funding for farm subsidies, military spending, FEMA assistance to rebuild from hurricanes, nutrition and anti-poverty aid. If people want to stay in or move to a secessionist state, let the funds for that stay in place – additionally, if they need the money, they can coordinate with some parties in the middle east to begin trafficking in humans again – just like the good old days.
    If the people of Mississippi really want to go to what they envision as a more heavenly existence, let them. For my opinion, the cretins there who think this is a good idea really need to go to hell.



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  • Republican grandstanding. If it passed, it would be contested in a nanosecond and no federal court would uphold it. Gorillas beat their chests when they feel threatened. They also eat their own poo.



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  • Meanwhile the politicians of the gun-toting US, maintain their delusions that it is the competent authority for “policing the world”!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30203526
    A dozen US cities have seen new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Demonstrations from New York to Seattle were mostly peaceful but rioting broke out in Oakland, California.

    There was some unrest in Ferguson itself, with police making 44 arrests, but the town did not see rioting on the scale of Monday night.



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  • Other than the obvious head shaking at the inanity of this, I’ll just highlight my pet peeve with innocuous sounding organization that are just fronts for fundamental stupidity:

    As a federal judge prepares to rule on Mississippi’s ban on same-sex
    marriage, a group known as the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign is
    trying to cement Christianity as the state’s official religion in its
    constitution. They are proposing a constitutional amendment that they
    hope will be on the 2016 ballot.

    My highlights on the innocent sounding ‘Magnolia State Heritage Campaign’. Every time I see organization names like this pop up, it’s almost always a front for some whacked out (often religious) agenda. And invariably linked with some form of intolerance to change and a deluded notion of some deserved social preference because of their bizarrely conceived traditions.

    Obviously even if it gets traction it will be smacked down by federal court, but the fact that this is happening represents a huge problem with religious intolerance: they would rather impose their ideas on other rather than simply accept they have to coexist with people that shudder think differently and won’t champion their twisted notions.



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  • achromat666 Nov 26, 2014 at 7:38 am

    My highlights on the innocent sounding ‘Magnolia State Heritage Campaign’. Every time I see organization names like this pop up, it’s almost always a front for some whacked out (often religious) agenda. And invariably linked with some form of intolerance to change and a deluded notion of some deserved social preference because of their bizarrely conceived traditions.

    Yep! The style is familiar! Doublethink and deception!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four#The_world_in_1984



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  • the Holy Bible is acknowledged as a foremost source of her founding
    principles, inspiration, and virtues;

    Misogyny, slavery, intolerance, homophobia and genocide form the founding principles of Mississippi?



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  • then promptly discarded it

    “You might be a redneck if…”

    @OP – 110,000 signatures needed

    107,216, to be exact. I agree: there will be no problem getting this number of folk to put their John Hancock on the petition – however, with the ACLU and social media breathing fire in opposition, highly doubtful the bill will make it past second base.



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  • Mississippi Group Seeks To Declare Christianity As State Religion

    This is nothing new! The Romans had multitudes of Roman gods and local gods, UNTIL the Xtians took over the emperor and the government, and set out to establish a monopoly – suppressing Roman gods, Greek gods and even suppressing rival Xtian cults! The learning of previous centuries was then lost as the empire collapsed into the dark ages.

    Franco’s Spain is another example where right-wing extremists in cahoots with the RCC, worked to eliminate all views other than their own, by monopolising state structures, marriage, finance and educational establishments.



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  • Oh I forgot to add that Christianity grew up as a religion in the Roman Empire as the religion that the slaves adopted. Whatever else, it gave them some hope of a better life elsewhere. Also it was open to all comers, unlike the Roman religions where contributions helped sooth Jupiter’s troubled brow, it was a case of no win, no fee, with Christianity !

    We all know that the Roman Empire was based upon slavery hopefully ?



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  • Mr DArcy Nov 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    So now the great state of Mississippi seems to want to adopt the Bible as its official book ? Well good luck to them and their flood defences. Even this non-believer wouldn’t want another Hurricane Katrina upon New Orleans.

    Interestingly, the flooding of New Orleans by a hurricane was PREDICTED a year before it happened, but that was by CLIMATE SCIENTISTS not preachers – so nobody took any notice! – After all! What do climate scientists know about hurricanes?????? They aren’t even mentioned in the Bible!

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2004/10/louisiana-wetlands/bourne-text

    A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

    . . . . .

    When did this calamity happen? It hasn’t—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation,

    A year AFTER the National Geographic published this article, the depth of the water reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, and the people of New Orleans climbed onto roofs to escape it.



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  • Mark Twain

    Samuel Clemens (/pendant) eventually headed to the West – but yes, today’s Tom Sawyer, Hannibal Mo. on the Miss-iss-i-pp-i (grade school spelling lesson) lives on.

    N word

    Wow, that’s jarring, I can tell you don’t live in the u.s.!

    New Orleans

    Louisiana



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  • There are a lot of contenders for the title of “Craziest Southern Bible Belt State”, but lately Mississippi has taken the lead. Becoming the most intolerant “Hate State” – what a distinction!



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  • @OP – “We have taken a little bit of time to prepare an initiative that covers promoting Christianity,

    When politicians who have no idea of what plans are required for the future, are elected to office, the “religion-gap-filler”in place knowledge, kicks in, as they try to be seen by voters, as doing SOMETHING to justify their existence!



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