I haven’t commented on Cynthia Davis’ weekly emails lately, not because I agree with what she’s been emailing me, but because I’ve been so busy. Today was a bit too much to ignore. Although I considered writing a screed about the whole email, I decided to focus on this part:
Here is the text of the proposed legislation. The bold text is the new language. The normal text is already in our state constitution.
Bill of Rights
Article I, Section 5,Constitution of Missouri
That all men and women have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no human authority can control or interfere with the rights of conscience; that no person shall, on account of his or her religious persuasion or belief, be rendered ineligible to any public office or trust or profit in this state, be disqualified from testifying or serving as a juror, or be molested in his or her person or estate; that to secure a citizen’s right to acknowledge Almighty God according to the dictates of personal convictions, neither the state nor any of its political subdivisions shall establish any official religion, but a citizen’s right to pray or to express his or her religious beliefs shall not be infringed; that the state shall not compose prayers nor coerce any person to participate in any prayer or other religious activity, but shall ensure public school students their right to free exercise of religious expression without interference, as long as such prayer or other expression is private and voluntary, whether individually or corporately, and in a manner that is not disruptive nor in violation of other policies, rules, or standards, and as long as such prayers or expressions abide within the same parameters placed upon any other free speech under similar circumstances; and, to emphasize the right to free exercise of religious expression, that all free public schools receiving state appropriations shall display, in a conspicuous and legible manner, the text of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States; but this section shall not be construed to excuse acts of licentiousness, nor to justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state, or with the rights of others.
With the many challenges facing our nation, we need the power of prayer more than ever. I for one want to make sure Missouri’s citizens have a clearly stated right to pray in public if they choose to do so.
If you need a copy of the constitution, please contact me. I will be happy to have one ready for you to pick up at my O’Fallon office.
Rather than railing on her email outright, I decided to pull her chain with a very concise email:
There seems to be a bit of an oversight in the proposed language changes. It currently states “worship Almighty God”, instead of “worship the God or Gods”? Likewise it states “right to acknowledge Almighty God” instead of the “right to acknowledge the God or Gods of their choosing”.
I would hope that you will address these changes for your Hindu and other polytheistic constituents.
She is so far on the fundie-right, she probably doesn’t even realize that their are modern polytheistic religions. I can’t wait to see if I get a response.