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It may not have been the year of the rat, but 2011 sure was full of rodents. Also, expect more of the same - plus an added twist of Jesus - in 2012. Happy New Year?

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The amendment seeks to repeal a 100-year-old state law forbidding taxpayer money from going to churches, because churches aren’t already coddled enoughby their current tax exemptions. Churches are most certainly not fronts for cash-heavy, fancy-car drug and sex scandals. Churches are awesome.

“Voters deserve an opportunity to decide whether to remove from Florida’s constitution a provision that discriminates against religious institutions,” Bondi said in a statement, according to the Palm Beach Post. Remember, institutions are people now, and as citizens they should be united with the rest of us.

Anyway, if the whole thing stinks to you (it should), you’re not alone. Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida executive director, weighed in with a statement saying that the amendment, if approved by a 60 percent margin in November, would “virtually require taxpayer funding of religious activities of churches, mosques and synagogues.” Mosques!

What this bit of political strategy really means is that churches – the Petri dish of all right-wing nonsense in Florida – will likely be mobilizing their congregations to show up to the polls in 2012, even if old Mormon Mitt Romney is their only choice. Ladies and gentlemen, we have our own new Amendment 2. Screw 2012. We’re going to party like it’s 2008!

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