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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?