Living the upstate area of South Carolina, I often visit and know people who live in southern North Carolina. While I'm ashamed that my state blindly votes Republican in virtually every election, I do admire that NC voters have shown some independent thought even though 2010 and 2012 weren't great election years. But to my horror I came across news that 2 state law-makers were attempting to violate the separation of church and state and establish NC's own state religion.
The two lawmakers are Rep. Carl Ford (R-China Grove) and Rep. Harry Warren (R-Salisbury) both of whom filed a bill claiming that parts of the 1st Amendment (more specifically the separation of church and state) doesn't apply to states claiming each of the 50 are sovereign. The bill also claimed that states were free from control of federal courts (which would include the U.S. Supreme Court I believe) which is not only idiotic but makes you wonder if Rep. Ford and Rep. Warren believe they live in the 19th century civil war era.
North Carolina is no stranger to oppression either, as the NC state constitution forbids anyone who doesn't believe in God to hold public office. An obvious unconstitutional move that violates the No Religious Test Clause of the federal Constitution. It can't be enforced as the Supreme Court struck it down ages ago.
I'm thankful for the civil liberties granted to us by Supreme Court decisions especially in the Earl Warren era. The government (federal, state, local) should never endorse or give any privilege to any religion or faith. All laws must be secular, and free from bias.