No to HR 888

Despite the fact that there is a constitutional prohibition of the establishment of a religion in the United States of America, members of the US Congress have proposed to jam Christianity down everyone’s throats. A group of representatives introduced a resolution (RES. 888) to designate “the first week in May as `American Religious History Week’ for the appreciation of and education on America’s history of religious faith.” I hope it fails.

The basic idea is very simple: Keep government out of people’s private religious lives and keep religion out of government.

So, Mr. FORBES, Mr. MCINTYRE, Mr. AKIN, Mr. BARRETT, Mr. CULBERSON, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. FEENEY, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. HAYES, Mr. HENSARLING, Mr. HERGER, Mr. JONES, Mr. MCHENRY, Mrs. MUSGRAVE, Mr. PEARCE, Mr. PENCE, Mr. PITTS, Mr. RYAN, Mrs. SCHMIDT, Mr. WALBERG, Mr. WILSON, Mr. WOLF, and Mr. YOUNG , y’all are welcome to go practice your religion. But, please don’t propose to make my government tell me to practice your religion. Thanks.

Not suprisingingly, this misbegotten resolution has irritated many professed atheists. For examples see No More Hornets, Atheist Revolution, Dorid. There are, also, however, people who oppose this resolution for logical and political reasons. Bruce Wilson and, especially, Chris Rodda (reprinted in various places) point out the many inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the resolution. Also, see Ellen Gill’s notes and the DailyKos entry.

Update: Dave Mauriello has a couple of other links in the entry about this on his blog.

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