Heritage Campaign Seeks To Convert Mississippi Into A Pro-Slavery Theocracy
It’s the day after the 2014 congressional elections, and the Republicans have trounced the Democrats. What does this mean for America?
If a group of Mississippi Republicans has its way, it means African-Americans back in chains, and compulsory Christian worship for everybody.
A few weeks ago, the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign began. The Campaign’s goal is to enact a state ballot measure, known as Initiative 46, in the 2016 election. Initiative 46 would establish the following as state law in Mississippi:
The Magnolia State Heritage Campaign assures political, religious, and ethnic minorities that, “The acknowledgments hereby secured shall not be construed to transgress either the national or the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights”. It is quite clear, however, that Initiative 46 is antagonistic to the constitutional rights of anyone but Christians of European descent.
The Magnolia State Heritage Campaign recently urged its followers onward, asking them to “Help us defeat the ungodly political preferences of these anti-heritage atheists”. If enacted, Initiative 46 would use the power of state government to elevate Christianity over all other religions practiced in Mississippi, and of religion over the growing choice by Mississippians of a non-religious life. The state government, through local public schools, would expand instruction of all children, regardless of background, in Christian worship “under the guidance of Almighty God”. These changes would be in blatant violation of the prohibition of government establishment of religion by the Bill of Rights.
The meaning of the celebration of Confederate Heritage Month and Confederate Memorial Day, along with the flying of the Confederate Battle Flag at the state capitol, is obvious to anyone who is at all familiar with American history. These moves are intended to honor the practice of slavery, which the Confederacy was established to defend. Celebrating the Confederacy also encourages violent revolution against the federal government of the United States of America. That such violence would be encouraged in defense of extreme racial discrimination and ownership of human beings is particularly abhorrent. The Magnolia State Heritage Campaign describes the emancipation of slaves as “the unconstitutional tyranny of the Union”.
The English-Only measure in Initiative 46 is yet another slap against racial equality and the Bill of Rights. It seeks to place Latino Americans in a lower legal status, denying them the right to free speech. It’s telling that French and Latin use in heraldry would receive more legal protection under Initiative 46 than everyday use of Spanish would. How can anyone claim to respect freedom of speech, when there is no freedom to choose the language with which one speaks?
Can this theocratic neoConfederate ballot measure succeed? We’ll be watching its progress over the next eleven months. The Campaign obtained the first signature on its petition just four days ago. The petition needs 107,216 signatures by next October if it is to appear on the ballot in 2016.