Senator Wants to Make Church Mandatory for All -- God Help Us

If you're looking for a way to detract from a gun control debate, try saying that every American should be required to attend church on Sundays. Yeah, yeah, that'll do it. Or at least that's what Republican State Senator Sylvia Allen apparently thought when she disgressed during a gun control discussion in the State Senate chambers and casually mentioned that all Americans should have to attend church by law-- because, ya know, that's not government interference or anything.

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The bill being debated in Arizona would allow people with a license to conceal a handgun to bring it into public buildings -- but Allen thought this would be the perfect time to demand that Americans get back to church on Sundays. Reportedly, she said:

Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth.

Ermmmmkay. I used to attend church on Sundays. I have nothing against it. But now I am too busy doing the bajillion things I have to do on the one day I have that I'm not working long day plus commuting. If you think that I'm giving up doing my laundry, grocery shopping, pet food shopping, exercising, cleaning my house and the myriad other things I need to do so that I can staunch my moral decay, you'd be wrong. No one cares about your moral decay on the subway, but no one wants to smell your decaying clothes.

Then there's just that whole thing about how the government shouldn't be telling Americans what to do with their free time -- something I thought Republicans could get behind.

Also, there are millions of atheists in the country, and millions more people who commune with their higher power in their own way. Some people don't go to church, they go to temples, mosques, centers, etc. Some people just go into a forest and chant under a tree.

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Nothing against the Christian church, but spending time there is not how I prefer to make sense of this crazy world and no one is going to tell me their way is better. Well, you can tell me, but I can just grin mysteriously and ignore you.

America was founded on religious freedom, and that includes the freedom not practice a religion.

Do you think this is a law we should have?

 

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