(LA Progressive) -- While the U.S. is the most churchgoing nation in Christendom, Bible Belt Kentucky is among the most churchgoing American states.
Woe betide any atheist or agnostic who dares run for public office. They’d have a tough row to hoe even in “Liberal Louisville,” our only real city.
Right-wing, evangelical white Protestants dominate Kentucky society and politics, especially in rural areas, which make up most of the state. Christians of the you-can’t-be-a-liberal-and-love-Jesus persuasion never tire of swinging sledgehammers at the constitutional wall of separation between church and state, notably where it shields our public schools.
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A virtual Republican front group called the Kentucky Prayer Caucus is pushing a pair of bills in the state House of Representatives that would require “In God We Trust” to be posted inside every public schoolhouse. Two Republicans are sponsoring one measure; the duo and nine other GOP lawmakers are behind the other one.