Religious Right Representatives Gear Up for Big Push in Missouri Legislature
(This item was reprinted with permission from Church and State (Feb. 2003, page :18.)
A band of newly elected Religious Right legislators-many affiliated with conservative Baptist churches--is gearing up to push a social-issues agenda in the Missouri legislature.
Seven conservative Baptists were elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November, reported The Pathway, a Baptist newspaper in the state. The seven join five previously elected Baptists who are expected to join forces with social conservatives from other denominations to push a Religious Right-style agenda.
"We're seeing a bellwether change in Missouri politics," said Rep. Ron Jetton, who serves as speaker pro tem of the House. "I believe we can have a huge impact on legislation."
Continued Jetton, "And I will be working for a constitutional amendment to allow voluntary prayer in schools. I couldn't even get a hearing on this legislation last session."
The social conservatives also plan to push new curbs on abortion and curtail funding for the arts. …