As you’re all undoubtedly aware, this is the Year of the Bible in Pennsylvania. It was a resolution that passed 193-0.
That the House of Representatives declare 2012 as the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania in recognition of both the formative influence of the Bible on our Commonwealth and nation and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures.
Whereas, Pennsylvania is now home to Christians including many Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant denominations; Quakers; Jews of Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reformed congregations; Mormons; Muslims of Shia, Sunni, Sufi and others; Unitarians; Buddhists; Hindus; Sikhs; Taoists; and other religious traditions; as well as many who claim no religious affiliation, and nonbelievers.
Be It Resolved that, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives declares the year 2012 as “the Year of Religious Diversity” throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and continues to welcome all to Pennsylvania in the spirit of our founder.
Incidentally, Cohen initially voted for the Year of the Bible resolution… only to apologize for it later on.
As for this resolution… I appreciate the effort, Rep. Cohen. Thanks for including the non-religious in your list.
Quick rant, though: It took you this long to introduce the bill? Even if this passes, I only have half a year to (pretend to) celebrate! Way to not do the right thing (and vote against the Year of the Bible resolution) when it mattered. This is an attempt to make things right, but you’re applying a bandaid to a much bigger scar. It won’t undo the damage done by perpetuating the false notion that we’re a Christian Nation.
But I still hope it passes.
(via Justin Vacula)