The lunatics are in control of the asylum over in North Carolina. Two Republican lawmakers are pushing a resolution declaring that the state/county/city has the authority to establish an official religion and write religious laws. Clearly, these two are crypto-islamo-fascist Muslims hoping to stealthily bring Sharia Law to North Carolina. They must be stopped!
Their laughable claim is that the U.S. Constitution only prevents the establishment of a national religion. Smaller municipalities are free to do as they please in this regard. I guess that means states can restrict speech as much as they want as well. And your county can restrict who you choose to associate with. And your city can prevent you from petitioning the government.
This whole affair stems from a lawsuit filed against a county that starts their commissioners meeting with a prayer. They filed the resolution to show their solidarity with the commissioners. There are many of these lawsuits being filed across the country. The basic argument is that saying a Christian prayer at the beginning of a governmental meeting is establishing a religion and goes against the First Amendment. Most of the lawsuits are fought against vigorously by the local governmental body being sued.
Thanks to these two bumbling lawmakers, though, this is the first one that has hit the national spotlight. And it really gets to the heart of why the prayers are illegal and that fighting the lawsuits is a colossal waste of taxpayer money. They are all but admitting that the prayer is similar to establishing a religion. And there is plenty of precedent showing that the establishment of a religion is illegal no matter how far down the governmental ladder you go. Way to shoot yourselves in the foot, North Carolina.