A group in Mississippi is seeking signatures for a ballot measure that would amend the constitution with language that would identify Mississippi as “principally Christian,” according to Think Progress.
Arthur Randallson of the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign said Tuesday that the measure, if passed, would reaffirm Christianity in the state constitution.
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: There are three legal precepts which make this proposed ballot measure in Mississippi patently unconstitutional:
Establishment Clause (First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution):
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,…“
Supremacy Clause (Article Six, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution):
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.“
Incorporation Doctrine (precedents established by the U.S. Supreme Court which apply the Bill of Rights to the states):
“‘No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States’ seem to me an eminently reasonable way of expressing the idea that henceforth the Bill of Rights shall apply to the States.” – Justice Hugo Black in Duncan v. Louisiana.
Of course, these precepts will not deter the dominionist impulses of Christian fundamentalists who passionately strive for an American theocracy even though they are reluctant to admit so in public.