Email from AU about HR 888

“American Religious History Week” Resolution Gives the Wrong Impression about Religion in the U.S.

Take action NOW to urge your member of Congress to vote NO on this unnecessary and inaccurate measure!

In the days before the Congressional Holiday Recess, Rep. Forbes of Virginia introduced H. Res. 888, a resolution creating an “American Religious History Week.” This resolution is non-binding and intended simply to express the view of the House of Representatives. Nonetheless, the content of the measure is disconcerting. If passed, this resolution would send the wrong message about religious liberty in this country. Congress should stop meddling in religious issues and instead focus upon the important matters that will come before them this upcoming legislative session.

Throughout the Resolution’s 75 Whereas clauses, its authors make a number of dubious claims about America’s religious history. Most notably, the resolution focuses primarily on Christianity in the U.S. and fails to sufficiently acknowledge or celebrate the contributions of a great diversity of believers and non-believers throughout the history of the United States. Our country has been greatly enriched by religious pluralism, yet the narrow focus on Christianity and Christian ideals provides an inaccurate and close-minded account of our history.

Indeed, many of the statements set forth in this resolution are exaggerated, taken out of context, or misleading. For example, the resolution asserts that the Supreme Court affirmed repeatedly that the U.S. is a “Christian Nation.” Although this quotation can be found in the 1892 case Holy Trinity v. United States, it is a legal anomaly, and the author of the statement, Justice David Brewer, later clarified his words and rejected the notion that the nation’s laws are based in Christianity. The resolution also makes distortions, such as the claim that the date line in the Constitution, which states it was signed “in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven,” is evidence that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention were adding a “religious punctuation mark” to the document. In reality, this is standard language used at the time to date documents and can hardly be understood to validate religion or Christianity as a part of the Constitution.

This resolution inaccurately and unfairly distorts U.S. history and attempts to portray a recurring intersection of religion and government. In reality, our government is neutral on religious matters, allowing Americans enjoy to more religious freedom than any people in world history.

Take action NOW to urge your member of Congress to vote NO on this unnecessary and inaccurate measure!

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And just as a reminder, don’t forget that 888 is the number of Jesus.


About Janet Logan

Well educated woman, transgender / transsexual, lesbian, Reiki practitioner, LGBT activist, polyamorous, and eclectic Pagan.
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