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PANDERING FOR POLITICS: ANOTHER MISSOURI EMBARRASSMENT ON COMEDY CENTRAL

On Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012 Blog, Ilya Gerner previews Tuesday’s statewide vote on what she calls the Missouri “Freedom From Learning Amendment.” Constitutional Amendment 2 is referred to by its right-wing backers as the “Right To Pray” proposal. Gerner spots an election-season ploy for conservative religious support, writing: “Both supporters and critics agree that the bulk of the amendment simply re-numerates rights already in the U.S. and Missouri constitutions that compel the government to respect religious liberty, with the ballot summary providing a boring retread of what Missouri students would recognize as the Free Exercise clause of the 1st Amendment, if schools still taught things instead of engaging in interminable battles about school prayer…” Gerner notes that the Amendment 2 ballot summary leaves out one description of something buried in the fine print: “no student shall be compelled to perform or participate in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate his or her religious beliefs.” Quips the comic writer: “We need to talk, Missouri. Do you know the varieties of religious belief that exist in the United States? And the varieties of religious belief that will exist once students realize that they can be exempt from homework assignments that “that violate his or her religious beliefs?” Just try giving Algebra work to a bunch of kids belonging to the Linear Equations Are the Work of the Devil faith.”

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