From The Cushing Daily Citizen:
Lawmakers look to recognize Christianity
Critic: Religious declaration political ploy
By Sadie Gurman
THE JOPLIN GLOBE (JOPLIN, Mo.)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
A lawmaker who signed on to a resolution affirming Christianity as the state’s majority religion said he isn’t trying to turn Missouri into a theocracy, but he just wants Christians to feel free to publicly express their faith.
Rep. Barney Fisher, R-Richards, said the recently filed resolution was met with backlash from critics who, he said, have distorted the resolution’s intent.
“They feel minority rights have been threatened, which they haven’t,” Fisher said. “They feel we’re trying to create a state religion, which would be impossible to do. Some people feel threatened by this.”
The House resolution, recently approved by the House Rules Committee, champions prayer in schools and public venues, and recognizes a “Christian God.”
It states that the majority of Missourians are Christians, and that elected officials should “protect the majority’s right to express their religious beliefs while showing respect for those who object.”
It also calls upon the Legislature to “exercise the common sense that voluntary prayer in public schools and religious displays on public property are not a coalition of church and state.”
I would just like to applaud the courage of Missouri politicians like the brave Barney Fisher. Imagine. A politician, risking his job to stand up for Christianity, a threatened religion. He knows very well, according to his quote, that publicly expressing his faith is political suicide. Yet, there he stands, protecting the threatened majority by spending taxpayer dollars to affirm that Christianity is the majority religion in Missouri. I hope that the majority of citizens don't hold it against these patriots by not voting accordingly.
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