by Chet Hardin
In the press release announcing this auspicious event, the heathens point to a Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life study that "indicated that 37 percent of Colorado residents do not express an absolute belief in God, and 59 percent disagreed that 'religion is very important to their lives.'" Shocking news for those of us who live here in the Springs.
The coalition, which will be helmed by Murray Wallace and Ben Donahue, both of Longmont, will focus much of its efforts on lobbying at the state Capitol.
Again from the press release:
“Colorado, like many places, has a small but very vocal theocratic movement," said Wallace. “To ensure freedom for everyone, it’s imperative we do not allow religion to be imposed on our secular laws.”
The most recent of these personhood amendments is being pushed by the Colorado Personhood Coalition for inclusion on the November ballot. The amendment seeks to define a fertilized egg as a “person.” The proposed personhood amendment is based on religious dogma and has the ability to prevent people who don’t agree—both believers and non-believers—from receiving health services such as common birth control, intrauterine devices (IUDs), the morning-after pill. Additionally, the amendment has the potential to criminalize abortion in the state and could render illegal some fertilization methods, such as in vitro procedures, which actually help families having trouble conceiving to do so.
The chapter will likely take a stance on the so-called Religious Freedom Bill, being pushed by Focus on the Family, for inclusion on the November ballot. The amendment seeks to protect a “person or religious organization's right to act or refusal to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief”, which is already protected in Article II, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution. The bill instead is a thinly veiled attempt at creating exempting religious groups or people from following the law.
Watch your back, Focus, ’cause these two have just stepped into your octagon.