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Neo-Confederates Want to Declare Christianity Mississippi’s State Religion

A group of Neo-Confederates, led by former beauty queen Susan Akin, wants to throw separation of church and state completely out the window.

The Magnolia State Heritage Campaign is trying to get enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot in 2016 declaring Christianity the official state religion of Mississippi.

According to the group, it is the only right thing to do, especially since their white ancestors founded the state on Christian values and meant for it to stay that way.

The measure, if successful, will ask voters to consider “the fact of her [Mississippi’s] identity as a principally Christian and quintessentially Southern state, in terms of the majority of her population, character, culture, history, and heritage, from 1817 to the present.”

The initiative would also make Christianity official in the state and make sure prayer was allowed in schools and other public places.

“The Holy Bible is acknowledged as a foremost source of her founding principles, inspiration, and virtues,” the ballot measure claims. “Accordingly, prayer is acknowledged as a respected, meaningful, and valuable custom of her citizens.”

The group also wants to preserve Confederate symbols and make sure ‘white guilt’ is not holding back the state any longer.

“White guilt is one of the things that is actually affecting the community by saying, if we get rid of these symbols that we think, or we say, represent racism or whatever, then that will make the state a little bit better,” Anthony Hervey, one of the group’s supporters said. “But that doesn’t do anything about black-on black-crime. It’s not about us, it’s not about taking personal responsibility. If we get rid of these symbols, then we’ll be all right. We’re using these symbols as red herrings.”

Even if the measure is successful, it will likely be immediately challenged on Constitutional grounds, but that hasn’t stopped some from showing their support on the group’s Facebook page.

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