Can North Carolina Declare an “Official” Religion?

What set the North Carolina bill apart, however, is that it was an aggressive attempt to change the constitutional landscape.
What set the North Carolina bill apart, however, is that it was an aggressive attempt to change the constitutional landscape.
What set the North Carolina bill apart, however, is that it was an aggressive attempt to change the constitutional landscape.

[TIME]

North Carolina legislators made national headlines last week with a bit of high-profile religious extremism. They introduced a resolution declaring that the state has the right to declare an official religion – presumably Christianity. The bill also contended that states are “sovereign” and that federal courts cannot prevent states “from making laws respecting the establishment of religion.”

The North Carolina bill—which appears to be dead for now—was one of two big church-state blow-ups last week. In Tennessee, legislators withdrew a school voucher bill that would have allowed parents to direct taxpayer money to private schools, including Christian academies. The reason they balked: it suddenly occurred to them that the bill would also allow parents to direct tax dollars to Islamic schools.

Read more at TIME.

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