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Defeat House Bill 4135 (Establishes WV Day of Prayer)

The West Virginia House of Delagates passed House Bill 4135 unanimously (with two abstaining) on January 21, 2014.  This bill establishes a West Virginia Day of Prayer on the same day as the National Day of Prayer.  The bill can be read in its entirety here.  

By the wording of the bill, it is obvious that this establishes a Judeo-Christian day of prayer.  Because of this, this bill excludes many West Virginians who are of different religions or who are not religious.  It is not okay to exclude constituents from this holiday based on their religion.  Our group promotes inclusivity, while this bill does not.

Another concern many share about this bill is that it violates the separation of church and state.  By being exclusive to all religions (and non-religious people) except Christianity, this bill effectively promotes Christianity, just one step away from establishing a state religion.

A third concern we have with House Bill 4135 is that it may affect public education.  Many teachers would take the established day of prayer to sneak religious education into their curriculum under the guise of the statewide holiday.

With these three concerns combined, it is important that we voice our opinions on this bill.  It hasn't had much media coverage at all.  Let's send a message to our state senators and let them know where we stand on House Bill 4135 by delivering this petition with as many signatures as possible.

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Senator
    Mitchell Carmichael
  • State Senator
    H Truman Chafin
  • State Senator
    Jack Yost
  • State Senator
    Daniel Hall
  • State Senator
    Clark Barnes
  • State Senator
    Herbert Snyder
  • State Senator
    Douglas Facemire
  • State Senator
    Ronald Miller
  • State Senator
    William Laird
  • State Senator
    David Nohe
  • State Senator
    Gregory Tucker
  • State Senator
    Arthur Kirkendoll
  • State Senator
    Brooks Mccabe
  • State Senator
    Corey Palumbo
  • State Senate - West Virginia-006B
    Bill Cole
  • State Senate - West Virginia-014B
    Bob Williams
  • State Senator
    Robert Beach
  • State Senator
    Robert Plymale
  • State Senator
    Mike Hall
  • State Senator
    Ron Stollings
  • State Senator
    Evan Jenkins
  • State Senator
    Chris Walters
  • State Senator
    Samuel Cann
  • State Senator
    Larry Edgell 2
  • State Senator
    Jeffrey Kessler
  • State Senator
    Donna Boley
  • State Senator
    Roman Prezioso
  • State Senator
    David Sypolt
  • State Senator
    John Unger
  • State Senator
    Erik Wells 2
  • State Senator
    Craig Blair
  • State Senator
    Donald Cookman
  • State Senator
    Rocky Fitzsimmons
  • State Senate - West Virginia-009A
    Mike Green


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