Faith-Baiting in Minnesota and Elsewhere Follows the "Project Blitz" Playbook - 2018-05-16
It's election year in the United States and an episode from the very recent past may be prologue to an election season like nothing we've seen since the McCarthy era. The Christian Right recently sprung a trap, the origin of which is contained in a state legislative playbook on "religious freedom" I recently exposed here on RD.
The Minnesota State Senate recently debated, before passing by a wide margin, an amendment to an education bill that would allow privately funded displays of the national motto, In God We Trustin the public schools. Little did Democratic opponents of the measure expect they would soon be denounced on Fox News by the bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Dan Hall, as part of an "anti-faith movement" that seeks to "suppress" religion and "wipe it out of government."
Video snippets of opposing remarks by two Senate Democrats were subsequently featured on Fox & Friends. In one of these, State Senator John Marty said he found the display of In God We Trust on currency "offensive," apparently in light of the culture of religious pluralism and religious equality intended by the Framers of the Constitution.