• Petitioned Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Pennsylvania State House
Pennsylvania
Gov. Thomas Corbett
Pennsylvania-039
State Rep. Rick Saccone
Pennsylvania-066
State Rep. Samuel Smith

Enforce the separation of church and state.

    1. Petition by

      Sean Richardson

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring 2012 to be the "Year of the Bible," which passed 193-0. The resolution was introduced by Representative Rick Saccone.

Text of HR-535: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=R&billNbr=0535&pn=2983

The resolution contains overtly religious declarations which clearly violate the separation of church and state. Let the Pennsylvania House of Representatives know that this inappropriate resolution is offensive, exclusionary, unwarranted, and against the Constitution.

Here are some of the delcarations included in this resolution:

"WHEREAS, The Bible, the word of God, has made a unique
contribution in shapingthe United States as a distinctive and
blessed nation and people."

"WHEREAS, Renewing ourknowledge of and faith in God through
holy scripture canstrengthen us as a nation and a people;
therefore be it  RESOLVED, That the Houseof Representatives declare 2012 as
the “Year of the Bible”in Pennsylvania in recognition of both
the formative influenceof the Bible on our Commonwealth and
nation and our nationalneed to study and apply the teachings of
the holy scriptures."

These kinds of statements being issued by a government body are completely out of line and a clear violation of the separation of church and state. 

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    • Mardie Cohen NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      This is flat-out criminal. There is nothing wrong with reading, loving, and following the Bible on one's own, but to force it upon an entire state is unconstitutional. Part of what makes the United States so wonderful is its diversity. I am a proud Humanistic Jew, and while I certainly respect the rights of Christians to practice their religion as they see fit, those rights end when they infringe upon mine to NOT be a Christian. (Not to mention that our founding fathers very clearly spoke out about the importance of church/state separation, and would've been 100% against this.) Just appalling. The Pennsylvania House should be ashamed.

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    • Tammy Winters PLEASANT GAP, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Please do your elected duty, and maintain our first amendment rights!

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    • Chastity West MT. LEBANON, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is downright scary. Huge infringement on personal freedoms, not to mention blatantly ignoring "Congress shall make no law respecting establishment of religion..." I'm incredulous this passed without contention.

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    • Peg Walz DREXEL HILL, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      this is clearly against the separation of church and state. Bad idea!!!!!!!!

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    • Christopher Sullivan SPRINGFIELD, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This bill is outright offensive to non-Christian Pennsylvanians.

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