Parliament to debate legality of bill prohibiting uncertified church leaders

BRAN DISTRICT – A controversial bill is expected to be brought forth to the National Parliament on Monday, by Member of Parliament Scott Jeanes of Breco Territory. The bill moves to prohibit the start of new religious organizations without certificates or degrees of ordination.

At least two Members of Parliament have called the bill “ridiculous” and “outlandish”, viewing the proposed bill as a violation of the first amendment. Individuals like MP Jeanes take the stance that the bill doesn’t prohibit practicing religion, but the running of a church business itself. The first amendment does not specifically mention businesses, but others view religious businesses as “practicing religion”.

“I simply think that this bill, although I do agree religious institutions should have proper credentials, is simply to extreme because it gives the government the ability to shut them down.” said Karl Frederick, MP. “Also, this bill violates the 1st amendment of Dracul which is, Parliament shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof“.

Bruce Cooper, a South Dracul Senator had another view on the bill. “This bill is not prohibiting religious practice, its stopping people from teaching false teachings.” he said. “Anyone can say their a minister of whatever religion, but it is another thing when you have credentials saying that you know what your talking about.”

Dracul in recent weeks has seen an increase in the creation of religious organizations. Christian, Catholic, and Norse Paganism are just to name a few. This increase came months after a post for additional religious leaders were requested within the Commonwealth.

Monday’s Parliament session had a vote of 1-3 with the nays having it, stopping the bill from being passed. There were many minutes of debate held, with President Luke being called upon to vote his view. President Luke said, “If 20 people want to create a religion, stating unicorns are the God of the universe, we are in no position to stop them from believing or creating such religion. If a religion commits acts of violence or threats towards another, then it can be considered a terrorist organization.”

Bran District Citizens required to select new region before March 2022

BRAN DISTRICT – Due to a recent decision made by the Dracul Parliament, those who currently reside within Bran District will be required to relocate to another region of Dracul before the end of March 2022. The decision was a result of past leadership issues, poor citizen participation, and the initial plan of Bran District being a center for government activities only.

When Bran District was first formed, the plan was for the capital of Dracul to be placed within it, to prevent either North or South Dracul from having advantage over the other. Once the plan was executed and the capital was relocated from North Dracul to Bran District, there were several within the Draculian Government who announced their views that anyone should be able to reside within it. Opposition challenged this view at first, which viewed it as unnecessary to open another region to residents, especially since North and South Dracul were already struggling with gaining new citizens and keeping activity constant. Regardless of the opposition, the decision was made to allow Draculians to claim residency within Bran District.

Shortly after Bran District received its new citizens, controversy ensued, as Mayors found themselves in hot water over various issues, ranging from stolen valor to poor management. The city ultimately made the decision to dissolve the Mayor position, leaving the City Council in charge of operating the district. After the Bran Conflict of 2021 erupted and martial law was enacted by President Howie, the military installed a Military Governor to ensure proper restructuring of the city. This restructuring was short lived, as Bran District once again fell into inactivity and a lack of leaders.

Bran District is now a government only region, meaning only government business is conducted within it. Citizens are still welcomed to visit, but are not able to claim residency to it. With this new decision being passed, emails will start going out current Bran District citizens who’ve not yet relocated, giving them the option of the new region of their choosing. Those who do not respond by March 2022 will be moved to another region at random.