Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Repealing Amendment One is the first priority, but the Preamble of the NC Constitution also needs some work. #Secularism

North Carolina General Assembly - NC Constitution


North Carolina History Project
Preamble: We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.
So the work to repeal Amendment One begins. But it's not the only problem with North Carolina's laws and Constitution. Not by a long shot. You can see in the Preamble the root of the problem.

" ... Almighty God, the Sovereign Rule of Nations ..."?!?

Whiskey.Tango.Foxtrot.

Using the First Do No Harm principle, a new first draft would read:
Preamble: We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our responsibility to ourselves and our posterity for their continuance, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution. 
But first, repeal ...

2 comments:

  1. Article VI also needs to be revised to remove "so help me God" from the oath of office (section 7) and to allow atheists to hold elective office (section 8).

    The relevant sections are dead because of Torcaso v. Watkins (1961) but should be removed all the same.

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    1. I've been meaning to read up on what's been happening with Cecil Bothwell and the problem with Section 8.

      Funny how some Supreme Court rulings are getting overlooked. Amendment One seems to be in clear violation of Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971), doesn't it?

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