The way the law now stands in the state to my southwest is that if you don’t believe in God, you could be imprisoned for up to 12 months.
In case you didn’t know, this is a pretty clear violation of the First Amendment.
This is the same state that gave a huge tax break to a creationist theme park.
Now, I’m not saying this to make fun of Kentucky. West Virginia could be just as bad, and it probably will be when the religious-right dominated Republican Party manages to take over the state legislature. I don’t see how that doesn’t happen, and the only reason why West Virginia doesn’t do all the bizarre things that Kentucky does is only because the Republican Party in West Virginia is a joke at the state level.
After this past election, I’m not so sure it’s still the joke it was before. It’s still too wedded to “family values,” but at least it’s opposed to that Muslim coal-hater in the White House.
Keep in mind that the first signs of a culture war in the United States appeared in Kanawha County, West Virginia, where the local ingoranti went apeshit over text books. By apeshit, I mean there were acts of terrorism against the school system for daring to have textbooks that questioned “family values.”
So we’re now ripe for some of the craziness that Kentucky knows so well. I hope Maryland and Ohio don’t shut down the borders for refugees!