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[FWI] Republicans propose a constitutional amendment that allows state and local governments to have an official religion

[FWI] Republicans propose a constitutional amendment that allows state and local governments to have an official religion

OperationMobocracy

This is unlikely to get a ton of support because as much as Republicans like using religion for political gain, an official religion would suggest that the others are illegitimate in some way, and potentially alienate them and their members. It would be especially fractious with evangelicals and Catholics, two groups that have a history of conflict. Maybe in some regions where Baptists dominate, you might wind up with the Baptists as an official religion. But I would mostly expect this to get super diluted into "the Christian religion" or even "Judeo-Christian religion" to not leave out Jews but exclude Muslims and other non-Christian religions. It's also possible that smarter Republicans have seen what a pain in the ass religion can be intermingled with politics, like in Israel.


greenbay33alt

Exactly. Just imagine if your run of the mill evangelical found himself in a mostly Catholic town. Even if it was a more conservative town, they aren't going to like it if some podunk Catholic town in Nebraska bans any other faith except Catholicism. Maybe some weirdo religious ethnoseparatists might like this, but your run of the mill Republican would not. Maybe you'd see some ban-non Christian religions, but again, some would say Catholics and Mormons are not Christians and that would get pretty tense. Granted that makes me wonder if in more conservative states this becomes the dividing line, especially ones that are more religiously diverse. Like would Catholics and Lutherans duke it out in the Dakotas instead of conservatives vs liberals, or would Catholics and evangelicals duke it out in Louisiana?


greenbay33alt

It would backfire as certain communities in the Pacific Northwest make atheism their state religion, while other communities make Judaism and catholicism their religion and this upsets evangelicals in these communities. Eventually a case would make its way to the Supreme Court and it would be overturned, especially if such laws limited things like who could run for office in such communities or who could live in such communities. Honestly, the best way for this to occur is to have a de facto majority official religion but not a legal one. Something like Colorado City Arizona is for Fundamentalist Mormons or St. Mary's Kansas is for traditionalist Catholics.


i_hate_tarantulas

Never gonna happen because conservatives, on average, love the constitution which talks clearly about a separation between church and state