Insulting the U.S. Constitution and the intelligence of freethinking Americans, Pennsylvania House members have passed a nonbinding resolution declaring 2012 the “Year of the Bible.”
House Resolution 535 is repugnant to secular Americans. The resolution proclaims that the Bible is “the word of God” and goes on to claim that there is a “national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures.”
On Friday, Rep. Rick Saccone, the resolution’s sponsor, issued a statement on his official web page announcing the passage of House Resolution 535, declaring: “House Resolution 535 serves as a reminder that we must look to our faith in God and the Holy Scripture to provide us with the strength, wisdom and courage to conquer these great trials.”
To simply assume that “we must look to our faith in God” is the height of Christian arrogance, and an insult to all freethinkers. Many residents of Pennsylvania, and many Americans, have no use for religious superstition, and to imply they do is insensitive and insulting.
On Friday, The Freedom From Religion Foundation announced a protest of House Resolution 535, claiming the resolution is “unconstitutional.” Indeed, the resolution makes no pretense at respecting the separation of church and state.
About the controversial resolution, The Freedom From Religion Foundation notes:
Our constitution grants sovereignty not to a deity or a ‘holy book,’ but to ‘We, the People.’ There is no reference to God, the bible, the Ten Commandments or Jesus in the U.S. Constitution, just as there are no references to ‘consent of the governed,’ ‘civil liberties’ or ‘democracy’ in the bible. Those who have truly studied the bible realize that it is a moral quagmire, a behavioral grab bag, which has been used to justify automatic rule, tyranny, slavery, the degradation of women and gays, child abuse, war, atrocity and mayhem.
The resolution was passed with little fanfare or public notice last Tuesday. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making the following request of all concerned Americans:
“Send a strongly worded note of protest to the Speaker of the House and the House Minority Leader. If you live in Pennsylvania, you may also wish to phone or email your State Representative (see contact details below) and send a heads up to your State Senator about why to vote “no” if it comes up for vote in the Senate. They need to know that this bill is unconstitutional and offensive to those of us who know 2012 should be ‘the Year of the Constitution.’
Speaker of the House Sam Smith
139 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202066
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2066
Phone: (717) 787-3845
House Minority Leader Frank Dermody
Hon. Frank Dermody
423 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202033
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2033
Email (this is a webpage contact form, not an address): http://www.pahouse.com/dermody/contact.asp
Phone: (717) 787-3566
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