Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) recently said that she would like to make church attendance mandatory in the U.S.
Allen made the comment during a hearing on Tuesday about a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns into public buildings (video below).
Allen was upset because some lawmakers opposed the idea; she said the real problem was "the soul."
“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,” Allen stated, noted The Arizona Republic.
Allen admitted that her idea would not be allowed, but added, "I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America."
On Wednesday, Allen told the Arizona Capitol Times that she longed for her childhood days in the 1950s.
“People prayed, people went to church,” Allen stated. "I remember on Sundays the stores were closed. The biggest thing is religion was kicked out of our public places, out of our schools.”
However, religion has not been kicked out of schools. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the early 1960s that the state could not dictate religion in schools. Students have complete freedom to initiate prayer, read their Bibles and participate in other student-led religious activities.
The 1960s also brought civil rights laws that gave minorities basic human rights, and brought an end to the Jim Crow days of the 1950s and earlier.