Arizona Lawmaker Suggests Making Church Attendance Mandatory

An Arizona lawmaker is suggesting mandatory church attendance would be the cure for societies ills.

During a debate over a concealed weapons bill, Republican Senator Sylvia Allen said requiring church attendance would help curb moral decay. Arizona Republic columnist EJ Montini elaborates.

Allen said, "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," adding "that would never be allowed."

"I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America," she said.

Allen later told the Arizona Capitol Times that she wished things were more like they were in the 1950s.

Allen told the Times, "People prayed, people went to church. I remember on Sundays the stores were closed. The biggest thing is religion was kicked out of our public places, out of our schools."