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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.

magnolia state heritage campaignA 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 State of Mississippi hereby acknowledges the fact of her identity as a principally Christian and quintessentially Southern state, in terms of the majority of her population, character, culture, history, and heritage, from 1817 to the present; accordingly, the Holy Bible is acknowledged as a foremost source of her founding principles, inspiration, and virtues; and, accordingly, prayer is acknowledged as a respected, meaningful, and valuable custom of her citizens.”
  • “In Mississippi public schools and other public institutions, whenever the pledge of allegiance to the national flag is recited, the state flag salute shall be recited immediately thereafter. The state flag salute shall be: ‘I salute the flag of Mississippi and the sovereign state for which it stands with pride in her history and achievements and with confidence in her future under the guidance of Almighty God.'”
  • “English shall be the official language of the State of Mississippi. All governmental or public non-emergency or non-judicial services, functions, or communications in Mississippi shall be rendered in the English language only, except for specific foreign language instruction in public schools, and except for the option of Latin or French for jurisprudence, medicine, heraldry, and other traditional uses.”
  • “The month of April shall be “Confederate Heritage Month” in the State of Mississippi, annually proclaimed by the Governor and declared by the Secretary of State… The last Monday in April shall be “Confederate Memorial Day”, an annual state holiday; all state, county, and municipal non-emergency departments and buildings, including but not limited to public schools, universities, courts, and offices, shall be closed in observance thereof.”
  • “In honor of the Mississippians who served under this military flag, the Confederate Battle Flag, measuring at minimum four feet by four feet, shall be permanently displayed on a flag-pole directly behind and above the monument to Confederate women on the state capitol’s exterior grounds.”

    ungodly mississippi atheistsThe 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.

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