Republican Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen suggested this week that lawmakers should debate forcing people to attend church services once a week.
Allen acknowledged such a law would never be allowed, but floated as an idea to create what she described as a much-needed "moral rebirth of this country."
"How we get to back to a moral rebirth of this country, I don't know, since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have," Allen said. "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."
In a Senate committee, Allen was explaining her vote on House Bill 2320, which would allow people with a concealed-carry permit to take their weapons into public places that otherwise ban weapons, with a few exceptions, like schools, or places with metal detectors.
Comically, this is the same bill that lawmakers debating earlier this month whether God or humans gave Americans gun rights.
Allen talked about the good ol' days in the early '60s when kids could leave their guns in their cars at high school, and leave their doors at home unlocked.
Allen voted in favor of the measure, saying the problem isn't with the guns, but the problem instead is with the "horrible erosion of the soul of America."
Opponents of this bill have complained that it's essentially an unfunded mandate, so if a place really wants to ban people with guns from entering, they'll be forced to purchase metal detectors. Proponents argue that it's a choice, and not a mandate.
As for Allen, this is definitely not the only time she's caught the public attention with her statements. Her first time in the national spotlight was when she declared that Earth is 6,000 years old. (She's off by about 4.54 billion years, according to scientists.)
More recently, Allen was a prominent speaker in a hearing promoting a conspiracy that Agenda 21 is replacing the Constitution as some sort of communist takeover.
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