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House Republicans Want to Name 2010 "The Year of the Bible"

In church/state, religion, republicans on May 11, 2009 at 8:51 pm

H. Con. Res. 121 Will Solve All Our Problems

Don’t these people have better things to do, such as questioning the President’s citizenship, religion, or antichrist-ness? With all that is facing our nation and this is how Rep. Paul Broun [R-GA] chooses to spend his tax payer funded time. This is an outrage given the type of politics the right has been playing over the last 8 years. I’ve written Mr. Broun telling him what a waste of time this is, and suggesting he would serve his contituents if he actually focused on the issues, not trying to get himself relected.

Text of the bill..

Encouraging the President to designate 2010 as ‘The National Year of the Bible’.

Whereas the Bible has had a profound impact in shaping America into a great Nation;

Whereas deep religious beliefs stemming from the Old and New Testament of the Bible have inspired Americans from all walks of life, especially the early settlers, whose faith, spiritual courage, and moral strength enabled them to endure intense hardships in this new land;

Whereas many of our Presidents have recognized the importance of God and the Bible, including George Washington; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Harry Truman; John F. Kennedy; Ronald Reagan, who declared 1983 as ‘The National Year of the Bible’; and especially Abraham Lincoln, whose 200th Birthday Celebration in 2009 highlighted freedom for the slaves;

Whereas shared Biblical beliefs unified the colonists and gave our early leaders the wisdom to write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, both of which recognized the inherent worth, dignity, and inalienable rights of each individual, thus unifying a diverse people with the right to vote, and the freedoms of speech and vast religious freedoms, which inspired courageous men like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to lead the Civil Rights Movement;

Whereas the Bible has been the world’s best selling book since it was first published in English in 1526, and has influenced more people than any other book;

Whereas the Bible has been a cornerstone in the development of Western civilization, influencing the nations in the areas of history, law, politics, culture, music, literature, art, drama, and especially moral philosophy;

Whereas the Bible, used as a moral guide, has inspired compassion, love for our neighbor, and the preciousness of life and marriage, and has stimulated many benevolent, faith-based community initiatives and neighborhood partnerships that have healed and blessed our families, communities, and our entire Nation, especially in times of war, tragedy, and economic and social crisis;

Whereas the Bible has inspired acts of patriotism that have unified Americans, commemorated through shared celebrations such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas; and

Whereas 2010 is an appropriate year to designate as ‘The National Year of the Bible’: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the President is encouraged–

(1) to designate an appropriate year as ‘The National Year of the Bible’; and

(2) to issue a proclamation calling upon citizens of all faiths to rediscover and apply the priceless, timeless message of the Holy Scripture which has profoundly influenced and shaped the United States and its great democratic form of Government, as well as its rich spiritual heritage, and which has unified, healed, and strengthened its people for over 200 years.

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  1. Like hell they will ;)…seriously though, that shit wont fly without comment as long as I’m an American citizen.

  2. Paul Broun needs to read his Bible more carefully and needs to learn something about US History.

    http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html

  3. Is this house republicans or house republican? This is a mere drop in the proverbial bucket compared to how government regularly and consistently wastes tax payer funded time. I’d spend my time complaining about something more important like the excessive erosion of liberty and increasing control of government propagated by both sides of the aisle. You’re more in danger of losing your privacy, right to religion/non-religion, or freedom of speech than having to endure “the year of the bible.”

  4. A single republican introduced the bill, but has over a dozen co-sponsors. I would say the year of the bible is indeed a right to religion/non-religion issue, we can’t have the government endorsing one over another. I have faith in the Obama administration to not further erode my rights.

  5. “I have faith in the Obama administration to not further erode my rights.”
    AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  6. If this happens, i’ll burn a bible a day as protest.

  7. This is wrong is sooooo many ways. It was those “shared Biblical beliefs” which lead our founders to write the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in a way that was secular in nature. It truly amazes (scares) me that people like this are running our country.

  8. Oooh fun. Then in the interest of fairness 2011 can be the year of the Necronomicon right?

  9. Boy oh boy I sure am getting tired of living in a country run by 50-60 year old buzz-headed clean-cut crackers like this guy. Do something useful you damn morons.

  10. Oh by the way, what is up with this last line?:
    <>(2) to issue a proclamation calling upon <>citizens of all faiths<> to rediscover and apply the priceless, timeless message of the Holy Scripture which has profoundly influenced and shaped the United States and its great democratic form of Government, as well as its rich spiritual heritage, and which has unified, healed, and strengthened its people for over 200 years.<>This guy must be really fuckin’ nuts if he thinks he can just gloss this over and make it okay by including the phrase “people of all faiths” and then in the next BREATH mention the Bible again. Amazing…why does he think Muslims, Atheists or Buddhists are going to appreciate being “called upon” to appreciate the Bible??

  11. I say, bring it on! It’s a retirement party! We’re celebrating the Bible’s long career, and now that the Bible is retiring from public life, we’re going to give it a gold watch and a nice going away party.

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