Arizona senator Sylvia Allen has a fix for the moral ills of society: Mandatory church attendance. Allen, a newly appointed member of the Arizona Senate and an activist for the Snowflake Republican Party, is championing a call for all Americans to put on their Sunday best and sit (or kneel) front and center in the pews of Christendom’s churches.
Writes the Arizona Central on March 26: “Our Father who art in heaven… could you take a moment out of your busy schedule and come down here, please? We need you to explain a few things to Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen.”
Allen’s obtuse comments came last week Tuesday during a hearing on whether to allow individuals who have a licensed, concealed carry weapon permit to be allowed entry into public buildings. Somehow, her thoughts on this matter morphed into an appeal for state lawmakers to make weekly church attendance mandatory in order to fight moral breakdown.
According to Allen, the real problem behind the increase in our nation’s gun violence begins with something internal – the soul. And what better way to combat a corroded heart condition? Sunday morning worship.
“It is the soul that is corrupt and how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don’t know,” Allen commented to the state’s appropriations committee. But Allen had a plan – and no matter how much her scheme tramples on the Constitution’s separation of church and state – Allen wants butts in the pews.
“We are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. We should probably be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” Allen said.
After news of her view leaked, Allen was inundated with a firestorm of criticisms – from her own party even. She has since backed off a bit, calling her comment “flippant,” but held to the fact that back in the 1950s, when everyone attended church, our society was a much better place.
“People prayed, people went to church. I remember on Sundays the stores were closed,” Allen said. “The biggest thing is religion was kicked out of our public places, out of our schools.”
Adds the Inquisitr: “Democratic state Senator Steve Farley, of Tucson, normally a congenial lawmaker and colleague, allegedly assailed Allen after her passing comment. Some said his message on Twitter was outlandish and the quip was a departure from legislative decorum and clearly partisan in nature.”
Farley wrote: “Sen. Sylvia Allen calls for law requiring Sunday church attendance while explaining vote for guns in public bldgs.”
Allen voted to allow gun owners access to public buildings. But it’s her quip on mandatory church that is getting the most attention.
EJ Montini, is his piece from the Arizona Central, added: “Allen, as you know, is a Republican from Snowflake, a Tea Party favorite who wants to pretend Arizona is an independent country rather than a state, and who believes government should stay completely out of people lives – unless she can use her position to help out a son-in-law who got into some hot water over behavior with some of the inmates he was guarding at a women’s prison.”
Let’s hear from you. Do you think Sylvia Allen is on to something by suggesting that church should be mandatory?