An Arizona lawmaker suggested Wednesday that Americans should be required to go to church on Sundays.
State Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) made the comment during a state Senate Appropriations Committee meeting on legislation concerning concealed weapons carry in public places, according to local TV station KNXV.
“And how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don’t know since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have,” Allen said, as quoted by KNXV. “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.”
She’d added that such a bill would “never happen,” according to the Arizona Capitol Times. Allen later told the Capitol Times that she’d just made a “flippant comment.”
But she explained that the reasoning behind the remark stemmed from her experience growing up in the 1950s, when she said more people went to church.
“I remember on Sundays the stores were closed,” Allen told the Capitol Times. “The biggest thing is religion was kicked out of our public places, out of our schools.”