During a committee meeting on Tuesday, State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, said that the country is suffering from a “moral erosion of the soul” and that mandatory church attendance might deter people from the desire to carry weapons.
Allen’s comments came about while the committee was discussing whether people should be permitted to bring concealed weapons into public buildings, according to AZ Central.
Allen told the committee: "I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America.”
"It's the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don't know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth.”
"But since that would not be allowed and we would not even be debating that, I'm going to vote yes that people who are responsible who have a CCW permit don't have to worry about their guns as they're out and about and doing business in whatever building they're in except ones that where they aren't allowed," as reported by KPHO.
"Even if you believe that would stem the moral decay, I think the Constitution makes it very clear that our country is founded on the pillar of separation of church and state," Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson said in response to Allen’s comments. Farley also released Allen’s comments to social media sites.
After the meeting, Allen expressed to the Arizona Capital Times that she missed the way life was in the 50’s, “People prayed, people went to church. I remember on Sundays the stores were closed. The biggest thing is religion was kicked out of our public places, out of our schools," as reported by AZ Central.
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