These Proposed Bills in Mississippi Are a Huge Gift to the Christian Right

By Hemant Mehta

Two bills introduced by legislators in the Mississippi House this week would essentially enshrine Christian supremacy in the law, at least as far as the Constitution will allow.

The first is House Bill 281, sponsored by State Rep. William Tracy Arnold.

You know how those Ten Commandment monuments in Oklahoma and Arkansas were erected outside the State Capitol buildings, then vandalized (by the same guy)?

This bill would allow the Ten Commandments — along with the Beatitudes and the phrase “In God We Trust” — to be displayed on state property. Such monuments, since they would be deemed as having “historical” merit, could also not be removed from the Capitol grounds (other than for, say, maintenance issues).

The bill goes even further when it comes to Confederate statues, which have “historical significance.” If you vandalize those, you could end up paying a fine of up to $10,000 and spend up to 20 years in jail. (Because Mississippi.)

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