Arizonans should put on their Sunday best and head to church -- at least if Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen has her way. Church attendance should be mandatory, the senator said during a debate about permitting concealed guns in public buildings.
"I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America," she said. "It's the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don't know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity we have. Probably we should 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 is not sorry for her statement and refused to apologize during an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times. She referenced the 1950s when she was child. “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.”
Her comments went viral after Democratic Sen. Steve Farley shared her statement on Twitter. Though it may stem moral decay, it goes against the U.S. Constitution. "Sen. Sylvia Allen just declared in Approps that she wants a law to require all Americans to attend church on Sundays,” he tweeted Tuesday.
"Even if you believe that would stem the moral decay, I think the Constitution makes it very clear that our country is founded on the pillar of separation of church and state," he said, according to United Press International.
Farley has received praise for exposing Allen’s comments from his Twitter followers. He went to Palm Sunday mass because he wanted to, not because the government forced him to, Farley tweeted.
I'm attending Palm Sunday service today because I choose to, not because government compels me. pic.twitter.com/ZKCoACgaWM
— Steve Farley (@SteveFarleyAZ) March 29, 2015
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