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CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON U.S. H. RES. 888

ARLENE-MARIE
MICHIGAN ATHEISTS STATE DIRECTOR
CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON U.S. H. RES. 888


U.S. H. Res. 888. "Affirming the rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation's founding and subsequent history and expressing support for designation of the first week in May as 'American Religious History Week' for appreciation of and education on America's history of religious faith."

This heinous resolution is designed to establish a Christian theocracy in America. It is preceded by seventy-five whereas's, many of which overtly distort American history or are obvious lies. To get the full story please see
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:H.RES.888:

When this resolution was first introduced in the US House of Representatives, December 18, 2007, it appeared that it had 24 co-sponsors. It now has 62 co-sponsors - three from Michigan: Peter Hoekstra, Congressional District 2; Thaddeus McCotter, Congressional District 11; Timothy Walberg, Congressional District 7. Obviously, our misguided US Congress is working hard to get this resolution passed.

Call to action:

1) Contact your US House Representative and urge him/her to vote no on this resolution.
2) Write an opinion article for your local newspaper to expose this heinous resolution.
3) This resolution has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Chairman, Henry Waxman. Contact this committee by snail mail:
U.S. House of Representatives, 2157 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5051, or go to http://oversight.house.gov/contact/ to send an E-mail.

Note: Please remember keep your comments to the media at 150 words or less. Please don't forget to send me a copy of you work.

It is unacceptable that our U.S. Congress distorts history to promote a Christian resolution that is divisive and unconstitutional considering the very first words in our Bill of Rights, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Two examples of distorted history among the 75 whereas's in this resolution;

1) Whereas the first act of America's first Congress in 1774 was to ask a minister to open with prayer and to lead Congress in the reading of 4 chapters of the Bible.

If this whereas referrers to British ruled colonial America and the First Continental Congress why doesn't it say so? Obviously it's an attempt to mislead the reader.

Actually 1774 is two years before the Declaration of Independence, three years before the Articles of Confederation (our first Constitution) and thirteen years before the U.S. Constitution was signed. What was the real first act of the United States Congress?

On June 1, 1789, the very first act of Congress was signed into law by President George Washington. It was an act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain oaths. The Constitution contained an oath of office for the president. Article 11, Sec. 1, directs the president to take the following oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Basically this is the same oath of office our Congress members take today - to defend the Constitution of the United States which we know to be a secular document. Perhaps they need to be reminded of that fact.

2) Whereas upon approving the Declaration of Independence, John Adams declared that the Fourth of July "ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty";

Is the claim true? Somewhat. However, this was not a public declaration. It was in a letter to his wife, Abigail. http://gurukul.american.edu/heintze/Adams.htm

Also, it should be noted that John Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli, which states that the United States was not founded on the Christian religion in any sense. While John Adams was personally religious, he was in favor of separation of state and church.

Additionally, there are 4 resolves attached to this resolution and resolve #3 is particularly dangerous; The United States House of Representatives state they, "reject(s), in the strongest possible terms, any effort to remove, obscure, or purposely omit such history from our Nation's public buildings and educational resources;" They are referring to the distorted history found in this resolution.

Together, we must make every effort to expose and block this resolution.


ARLENE-MARIE, Michigan State Director, American Atheists
amarie@atheists.org Cell: (313) 938-5960 michiganatheists.org
PO Box 0025, Allen Park, MI 48101

American Atheists is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for non believers; works for the total separation of church and state and address issues of First Amendment public policy.
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