An unusual voice enters the ‘religious liberty’ debate

If this is a hoax, it’s an elaborate one. And if it’s real, just remember that the Wiccan lobby at the state Capitol has always been a tad weak.

Nonetheless, the website of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church, an apparently legal, 501(c)3 outfit based in Washington state, has endorsed S.B. 129, the “religious liberty” bill now under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.

We would challenge the group’s assertion that the bill, sponsored by state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, would permit certain plants and animals to be used in religious ceremonies, and force state government to respect faith-based aversions to providing DNA samples.

But feel free to the entire post here. Here’s the closing paragraph:

This is sweeping news that opens many doors for our brothers and sisters of the Craft. It will be the burden of the government to institute the appropriate policy changes to infrastructure, and the training needed to properly uphold the new rights that Wiccans hold within the new truly religiously free state of Georgia. But we at the ATC will work hand in hand to help craft the new laws regarding the proper care of those that are our charges: the Wiccan Community. Blessings to you and may the Lord and Lady always shine their thanks upon you, the state of Georgia.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.