Although the North Carolina House of Representatives killed a bill Thursday that would have paved the way for establishing an official state religion, a new national YouGov poll finds widespread support for doing so.
The new survey finds that 34 percent of adults would favor establishing Christianity as the official state religion in their own state. Thirty-two percent said that they would favor a constitutional amendment making Christianity the official religion of the United States. Twenty-seven percent said they thought President Barack Obama is the antichrist.
Republicans were more likely than Democrats or independents to say that they would favor establishing Christianity as an official state religion, with 55 percent favoring it in their own state and 46 percent favoring a national constitutional amendment. "What I like about Christianity is that it is a violent religion that justifies American exceptionalism and forcible intervention virtually anywhere in the world," stated Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.
Jeff Sessions, Republican Senator from Alabama, seemed to echo the sentiments of his constituents: "Back when Christianity was more highly valued in this great country, people knew their proper place. Then we had the march of godless immorality in the form of Civil Rights marches; and today we have the godless, immoral homosexuals trying to destroy our great Christian legacy."
And Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, then added: "But Jeff, there's no stopping it. The country is departing from Christian ways and most Americans will soon be Muslims, especially the way things are going under our current Muslim president."
The relatively high level of support for establishing Christianity as a state religion may be reflective of dissatisfaction with the current balance of religion and politics. Respondents to the poll were more likely to say that they'd rather be ruled by their Christian evangelical pastor than by the current scourge upon this land, Barack Obama.