PA House Unanimously Declares 2012 “Year of the Bible”
The resolution, primarily sponsored by state Rep. Rick Saccone, of Allegheny and Washington Counties, is about a page long and according to some bloggers, is probably a violation of Church and State. And if not, it should be. Here’s an excerpt:
WHEREAS, Deeply held religious convictions springing from the holy scriptures led to the early settlement of our country; and
WHEREAS, Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Many of our great national leaders, among them President Washington, President Jackson, President Lincoln, President Wilson and President Reagan, paid tribute to the influence of the Bible in our country’s development, as exemplified by the words of President Jackson that the Bible is “the rock on which our Republic rests”; and
WHEREAS, The history of our country clearly illustrates the value of voluntarily applying the teachings of the scriptures in the lives of individuals, families and societies; and…
You get the idea. All your favorite Philly pols, like Reps. Taylor, Josephs, O’Brien and the Boyles signed onto this. As noted at Americans United, “One of the great ironies of this situation is that Pennsylvania was founded as a refuge for those seeking religious tolerance. In his “holy experiment,” William Penn famously welcomed religious dissenters of many different stripes to his colony. He thought God, not government, was the ‘only Lord of Conscience.’”
It’s a resolution. It holds no real power. Which is probably the worst part about it. Because it’s more fodder to the idea that the state government is taking its sweet time writing resolutions such as this one, instead of focusing on the economy. It’s nothing new—they bizarrely used the power of prayer and the shame of the dead to tighten abortion restrictions last year. Declaring 2012 the “Year of the Bible” is sort of just the naked face of a state system being rebuilt on the backs of the beaten down by religious fanatics using the middle finger as their bargaining chip.