America's Spiritual Heritage
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 6:38 PM
For public release, from AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC. http://www.atheists.org
House Resolution on "America's Spiritual Heritage" Would Promote Religious
ACTION NEEDED NOW to Stop Government Promotion of Religion!
On Thursday, May 7, 2009, members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus will
hold a press conference in Washington, DC to launch a new effort at passing
the "America's Spiritual Heritage" resolution, formerly known as HR 888.
Introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA.), the measure would put Congress on
record to "Recognize that the religious foundations of faith on which
America was built are critical underpinnings of our Nation's most valuable
institutions..." It would also decree establishment of a "Religious
Heritage Week" "for the appreciation of and education of America's history
of religious faith."
Among the religious right luminaries slated to appear at Thursday's
conference are Gary Bauer ("American Values"); Maureen Wiebe (American
Association of Christian Schools); Wendy Wright (Concerned Women for
America); and William Murray (Religious Freedom Coalition); and James and
Shirley Dobson (Focus on the Family). The event is schedule to coincide
with ceremonies marking the National Day of Prayer, a Dobson-run event.
Legislators, particularly Congressional representatives in the House, need
to hear from America's Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists and other
secularists who are marginalized by this exclusionary and unconstitutional
measure. Government has no business promoting religion, especially in the
form of a one-sided "history" that ignores the important role of the First
Amendment and Separation of Church and State. This bill is also being seen
as a reaction to President Obama's recent statement in Turkey to the effect
that America is not as "Christian nation."
1. LEARN MORE:
Visit the American Atheist web site at http://www.atheists.org and Dave
Silverman's NO GOD BLOG (http://www.nogodblog.com) for more background on
this story. The full Resolution text can be found at the Congressional
Prayer Caucus web site, http://www.house.gov/forbes/prayercaucus.htm/
2. CONTACT CONGRESS:
Send letters, faxes and E-mails to your Congressional Representative.
Better yet, call. Visit http://www.visi.com/juan/congress for a complete
listing, or the office House of Representatives site at http://www.house.gov
. Be concise and polite. Tell your representative that this bill is a
ploy to promote a "revisionist" view of American history, and that it does
not mention the many negative effects religious orthodoxy and strife have
had in our nation! Point out that government has no proper role in
promoting religion, or a biased and un-balanced view of American history.
Ask for a written response from your representative!
3 .SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS:
Join the conversation at the NoGodBlog.
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