Perhaps they should go back to the dictates of their honored 'conservative', Thomas Jefferson. They love to say "I am a Jeffersonian Conservative".
It was the pleas from the disenfranchised, harassed, threatened, and even killed, outcasts known as the 'Baptists' that established freedom for ALL religions in the USA.
The Baptists, as noted, were often 'run out of town' wherever they showed up and tried to establish themselves. In Virginia, where Jefferson was governor, they wrote to him and pleaded that, which was the overwhelming movement of the day, 'Episcopalian' (of which, I am one) should be the 'official religion' of the state of Virginia.
Jefferson, no additional notation needed, said that the US Constitution and Bill of Rights restricted any state from doing so.
Thus, today we have the 'Baptists' (aka: fundamentalists) saying we as states DO have the right to mandate an 'official' state religion.
Funny, isn't it? The very 'fundamentalists' demanding this type of legislation are the ancestors of those who where the VICTIMS of what they now propose as law.
I have spent many hours inside Central Prison as a volunteer. Beyond 'solitary', the entire place is very depressing on the inside.
The hallways and cells and work areas are painted in industrial grays and greens. There are colored lines on the floors and around door frames which designate which inmates are allowed in those areas. The colors match their prison issued clothing. If one is wearing green and in an area designated blue, you are in big trouble for being 'out of area'.
The only place with anything resembling cheerful color is death row. Those doors are painted vivid red.
The windows are mere slits of wire reinforced glass. The view through those windows is of other buildings on the compound and a row after row of fencing and more razor wire than one can imagine.
My impression of the entire facility and it's industrial colors and dim lighting is that it is designed to, literally, suck the will to live out of anyone incarcerated there.
It's not the 'three hots and a cot' and 'color TV and HBO that the fringe right types think it is.
I wish I could entice those types to go inside and spend just one day there. They'd see rather quickly that prison is hell, not the Hilton.
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