"Some lawmakers say religion represents a common reference point for
members with diverse ethnic backgrounds and life experiences, so debate
often transforms the state House's podium into a preacher's pulpit. "This
is the South," explained Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton. "This is
Mississippi. A lot of what we do and what we stand for has underpinnings
that are religious in nature." Proponents
of bills touted as un-Christian, unholy and lacking Jesus Christ's
compassion say they don't take the criticism personally." - Clarion Ledger, Mar. 16, 2012.