Raleigh, NC -- North Carolina Republican lawmakers filed a bill Monday to declare an official religion in the state, WRAL reported.
The bill is also set to nullify federal rulings against Christian prayer by public bodies in NC. Overall, the bill would violate the Establishment Clause of the US Bill of Rights, according to WRAL.
A lawsuit was filed last month between the ACLU and the Rowan County Board of commissioners for beginning nearly all meetings with Christian prayers, which inspired the proposed legislation.
House Bill 494, filed by Rowan County Representatives Carl Ford and Harry Warren, states:
The Constitution of the United States does not grant the federal government and does not grant the federal courts the power to determine what is or is not constitutional; therefore, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the power to determine constitutionality and the proper interpretation and proper application of the Constitution is reserved to the states and to the people.
Read more on WRAL's website.