Saturday, March 19, 2005

Politics: MI's bid to join the Bible Belt

HB 4433 seeks to allow the display of the 10 commandments on public (namely government) property. Now, I argue that Proposal 2 only passed due to homophobic religious rhetoric that seeks to impose a particular close-minded bigoted biblical interpretation. Others say that it's pro-family and pro-marriage, though it seems to exclude families and marriages. Well, I guess legislation to display the 10 commandments on government property is pro-separation-of-church-and-state and has nothing to do with religion either. The summary of the bill can be found here: "A bill to allow the display of the Ten Commandments on public property". It's only been referred to committee and we'll see if it gets to the full MI House for a vote.

Casperson (left) with his life partner and two children

Rep. Tom Casperson, the primary sponsor of HB 4433 isn't all bad though. He's also introduced legislation to repeal MI motorcycle helmet laws (see HB4505). The medical readers of this post will be pleased to hear of since it means more organs for donation. Hell, I don't recall the bible ever mentioning motorcycle safety, so I guess ol' Casperson figures it isn't necessary.

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