Preachy Politicians Should Take a Page from History

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With state legislators, members of Congress and other elected officials competing to see who can appear the most pious, the following editorial from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is timely.

State lawmakers bent on trying to "out-God" each other, as Sen. Nadine Thomas (D-Decatur) aptly describes it ought to consider the fate of Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II. Menelik also r believed that religion was a cure-all, so much so that he nibbled a few pages o the Bible whenever he fell ill.

While recovering from a stroke in 1913, he ate the entire book of Kings and died.

Georgians are being force-fed religion this session by elected officials trampling the U.S. Constitution to appease religious conservatives. First evolution was derided as a negative buzzword and stricken from the schools proposed new curriculum until incensed voters rose up in protest.

Then, the Senate launched a campaign to enshrine a gay marriage ban in the state constitution, despite a perfectly adequate Georgia law already outlawing same-sex unions Although the debate is superfluous, it's also rancorous and loud, and serves the Republican agenda of diverting rural voters from their diminishing job prospects, their failing schools and their uncertain futures.

And if gay marriage isn't enough to rouse people out of their recliners and into voting booths in November, the Senate threw in the Ten Commandments as an added incentive this week. …