Thursday, March 31, 2016
Now they've made damned sure North Carolina and Georgia's in their dust on discrimination, the Mississippi Legislature seeks new problems to solve
“Senators, our previous interstate compact on the operation of religious militias had a strong value proposition and engaged the participation of tens of thousands of individuals in a highly effective, long-term public-private partnership.
“But over time, that effort grew complacent as a market trend setter and failed to adapt to changes in the public square. Today’s house of worship face new challenges: sweaty illegal immigrants wanting to take advantage of our hard-won freedom to worship in air-conditioned comfort; ISIS terrorists wanting to take that God-given HVAC away from us; high schoolers angry about new kinds of stuff; and today’s modern, lean, mean, not-at-all-limp- wristed activist gay thugs who seek to destroy marriage by forcing pastors who loathe them to wed them before pews filled with shame-faced relatives who told everyone years ago that little Jason and Burnell Jr. ran off to join the circus and were never heard from again.
“And finally, churches tell us they prefer that uniforms be, well, less uniform. The old style led to denominational brand confusion and infiltration by federal law enforcement agents looking for just any little old thing to pick at. Being wrapped up head to toe, with only an eye slit and a breathing hole, well, that’s what radical Islam imposes. Our American men prefer relaxed-fit camo. With that, I move the passage of HB 786:
“AN ACT TO CREATE THE "MISSISSIPPI CHURCH PROTECTION ACT"; TO AMEND SECTION 45-9-101, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CONFORM TO THE PRECEDING SECTION; TO BRING FORWARD SECTION 97-37-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, FOR PURPOSES OF AMENDMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 97-37-9, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE LIST OF DEFENSES FOR A PERSON INDICTED OR CHARGED FOR A VIOLATION OF THE PROVISION OF LAW REGULATING THE USE OF FIREARMS; TO AMEND SECTION 97-3-15, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT KILLING A PERSON WHILE ACTING AS A PARTICIPANT OF A CHURCH OR PLACE OF WORSHIP SECURITY TEAM IS JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
“BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI: SECTION 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Mississippi Church Protection Act."
“SECTION 2. (1) The governing body of any church or place of 16 worship may establish a security program by which designated members are authorized to carry firearms for the protection of the congregation of such church or place of worship, including resisting any unlawful attempt to kill a member(s) or attendee(s) of such church or place of worship, or to commit any felony upon any such member or attendee in the church or place of worship or in the immediate premises thereof. Any church or place of worship that establishes a security program that meets the requirements of subsection (2) of this section and any participant of such security program shall be immune from civil liability for any action taken by a member of such security program, if such action occurs during the course and scope of the member's performance of their official duties as a member of the security program for the church or place of worship. For purposes of this act, "church" or "place of worship" means and shall only be applicable to a bona fide duly constituted religious society, ecclesiastical body or any congregation thereof that was operating as such at the time of any actions described in this act…”