Be It Resolved That the Carnival of the Godless is Here
The Carnival of the Godless #117 has arrived at State of Protest.
Since I am a strong separationist, my favorite post of the bunch is “Reprint Of My Resolution” at Not a Potted Plant. Written as a proclamation, Transplanted Lawyer rattles off a bunch of examples of how we were very specifically founded as a secular nation. Check it out.
Update: 5/21/09@8:40 AM
At Barbara’s prompting, I went to a great site called Govtracks.us. You can see an overview of the bill. That link includes all co-sponsors. You’ll want to look at that. There are currently 50 of the grubby little things, all glomming onto this bill as an easy way to curry favor back home. They’re from a bunch of different states, not just the ones she listed. You should check to see if your congressperson is selling you out for 30 pieces of silver.
The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. You should check whether your representative is on that and let him know what you think.
You should read the full text of the bill. It’s rather repugnant. I had just assumed they were going to make one of those pointless proclamations that they’re always doing and then be done with it. They’re actually trying to make it an annual pointless proclamation, which I find a lot more offensive.
The bill starts with a long list of Whereases that list all of the major violations of church/state separation in our history. It then uses these to justify the bill’s own violations.
The bill is mostly symbolic, but it is clearly an endorsement of Christianity. This makes it a weak “establishment of religion” in my book.
Here are the resolutions of the bill:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the United States House of Representatives—
(1) affirms the rich spiritual and diverse religious history of our Nation’s founding and subsequent history, including up to the current day;
(2) recognizes that the religious foundations of faith on which America was built are critical underpinnings of our Nation’s most valuable institutions and form the inseparable foundation for America’s representative processes, legal systems, and societal structures;
(3) rejects, in the strongest possible terms, any effort to remove, obscure, or purposely omit such history from our Nation’s public buildings and educational resources; and
(4) expresses support for designation of a `America’s Spiritual Heritage Week’ every year for the appreciation of and education on America’s history of religious faith.