This week, however, Donna Edwards disappoints, with her cosponsorship of H. Res. 1358, a resolution to give official congressional recognition and approval of Billy Graham’s promotion of Christianity.
Representative Edwards ought to know better. It’s not the job of Congress to pass resolutions declaring which preachers have government approval and which preachers don’t. The worth of religious figures should be left to the private conscience of individual citizens to decide.
The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights clearly forbids this kind of resolution. What part of “Congress shall pass no law” does Donna Edwards not understand?
Representative Edwards needs to remember that she was elected to replace Al Wynn because of the support of progressive Democrats. She needs to uphold progressive values, such as respect for the Constitution, as a member of Congress. If she continues to pander to the Religious Right with resolutions like H. Res. 1358, she could lose the support of the Democratic voters in her district, and g the way of Al Wynn.