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Christianity and Crawdads

Missouri state representative David Sater, from Cassville's 68th District, has reportedly sponsored a bill that would make Christianity the "official majority religion" of the state of Missouri, according to a story published on the St. Louis-based website.

So, is Missouri now competing with the state of Kansas for "Dumbass Capital of the Midwest"?

I first saw the story prominently displayed on the Huffington Post this evening, and there were already several hundred comments. Here's what Sater had to say about Resolution 13 on his website:

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR 13) reflections upon the historical significance that Christianity has had in shaping our way of life, our government, and how our early leaders relied on their Christian faith in governing our first constitution. It states that the common sense that voluntary prayer in public schools and religious displays on public property are not a coalition of church and state, but rather the justified recognition of the positive role that Christianity has played in this great nation of ours, the United States of America.

I decided to take a closer look at other bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Rep. Sater. Granted, most of these bills won't come to a vote, but it's a little disturbing to think that elected officials like Sater are up there in Jeff City with nothing better to do that dream up stuff like this:
  • HCR13 Resolves that voluntary prayer in public schools, religious displays on public property, and the recognition of a Christian God are not a coalition of church and state.
  • HB983 Requires the United States and the Missouri state flags to be flown at half-staff on all government buildings on September 11 each year.
  • HB1444 Prohibits the use of public funds for health and social services programs to subsidize abortion services.
  • HB1642 Requires state agencies, public schools and colleges and political subdivisions to use the traditional names of holidays.
  • HB1833 Designates the crayfish as the official state invertebrate.
  • HB41 Requires implementation of a random drug testing program for persons who receive Medicaid.
  • HB34 Eliminates the requirement that course materials and instruction on human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases include discussion of contraception methods.
  • HB451 Requires signs on selected highways entering Greene County to contain the message: "Welcome to Greene County - Home of Governor Matt Blunt".

What's next? Will they designate the Holy Ghost as the official state specter?

I felt compelled to email Representative Sater ( to comment on his work representing the good folks here in Southwest Missouri. Let us all join hands and pray together - petition the Lord to help this poor misguided man find another calling that would lead him to a more productive life outside of politics. Do I hear an Amen?


DocLarry said…
RSmith said…
Bless you, Brother Doc. You know, Sader is a retired pharmacist. I'm wondering if maybe he might have been under the influence when this delusional behavior occured.
Anonymous said…
Of course, Sater probably has some significant skeletons in his closet like that sainted and pious representative, Bob Dixon--he of the Solid Rock Assembly of God. It seems like only yesterday he was delclaring himself a reformed homosexual. That guy has got to be as looney as his (in)famous Mom! Gore Vidal was right--The public has a collective memory of about six weeks...
Anonymous said…
He's Jean Dixon's son? I didn't know that. She was one crazed bitch. God, what is wrong with the voters around here?
Marina said…
What the hell?! I just sent him a letter, thanks for the address.

I sent Bob Dixon one last week, when I got his indignant rant in an e-mail. It was real crazy too.

And now I find out he is the spawn of that crazy Jean Dixon? I hate it here. It's like we have a bunch of junior Oklahoma senators.
Anonymous said…
Don't any of you guys remember him appearing before the City Council sometime after the Normal Heart affair, and announcing that he had been a homosexual, but had converted? Apparently his "coming out" while in college moved his Mother to those crazy rants. He said something to the effect that it was a sinful life and that the City should not put homosexuality into its hate crime ordinance. I'd love to find a newspaper clipping of that deal. I think it happened in '91.
Goodman said…
No, I didn't realize he had gone before city council - that's fucking bizarre. How did this guy get elected? I guess there is absolutley no competition for GOP candidates in this area. Sara Lampe must feel awfully lonely up there.
Anonymous said…
Here is Bob Dixon's web site:
Amen. Granted you can find the name of God in the constitution, but how about Jesus. Has this fool ever heard of Deism, or is he just assuming that when someone said God that that person also meant Jesus. A pretty bold assumption.
Citizenkan said…
Well, the MO House just voted to prohibit local Health Department clinics from using state funds for CONTRACEPTIVES! The Missouri Right to Life and the Catholic Conference were opposed to this funding.

We can thank Bob Dixon and Charlie Denison for their votes against contraception for poor women.
RSmith said…
We have some amazing representation up there in Jeff City, don't we? Bob Dixon, now there's a character with a story.
RSmith said…
I'm wondering now, if poor girls can't get contraceptives . . . how is this going.
Oh wait! What was I thinking? The Bush administration is putting a lot of money and faith-based support to abstinence groups. Sort of a pre-emptive strategy. That Bush is pretty adept at pre-emptive strategies. Yup.

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