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H.Con.Res. 274: Sneaking Religion Under the Door, Damn the First Amendment

This morning brings news of fundamentalists in Queensland Australia sneaking their religion into school instruction, but we needn’t look as far as Australia for evidence of government-based proselytization on the sly.

The United States Constitution is very clear when it comes to the role of religion in American politics. Religion is only mentioned twice in the Constitution, each time forbidding government from using its powers for purposes of religious imposition: “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States,” goes the first constitutional declaration, and “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” goes the second constitutional declaration.

But with the introduction of H. Con. Res. 274, a good portion of the members of the House of Representatives are engaged in an effort baldly against the First Amendment, engaged in making a law respecting an establishment of religion. If passed, the bill would make a declaration of Congress that “it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand,” and would “encourage the public display” of the phrase “In God We Trust” in every public building and in every public school.

As any student of comparative religion knows, the monotheistic figure God is a particular feature of Abrahamic religion, incompatible with dozens of religious traditions from around the globe including Native American religious tradition, and also incompatible with the religious viewpoint of millions of secular, agnostic and atheist Americans. H.Con. Res 274 is a direct challenge to the First Amendment of the Constitution. Those who support the bill are brazenly sidestepping the Constitution, using government power to establish one religion in all government buildings, one religion in all public schools, one religion over others and over none.

The following is a list of congressmen and congresswomen who have signed on to officially support H.Con.Res. 274. It’s not a short one:

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA, District 4) — principal sponsor
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL, District 4)
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO, District 2)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA, District 5)
Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH, District 7)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN, District 6)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL, District 6)
Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC, District 3)
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD, District 6)
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL, District 13)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL, District 9)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT, District 1)
Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA, District 2)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN, District 7)
Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL, District 1)
Rep. John Boozman (R-AR, District 3)
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA, District 9)
Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL, District 2)
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA, District 10)
Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC, District 1)
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL, District 5)
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL, District 13)
Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN, District 5)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA, District 44)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI, District 4)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA, District 7)
Rep. Shelley Capito (R-WV, District 2)
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA, District 6)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, District 3)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO, District 6)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK, District 4)
Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX, District 11)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL, District 4)
Rep. John Culberson (R-TX, District 7)
Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY, District 4)
Rep. John Duncan (R-TN, District 2)
Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI, District 3)
Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK, District 5)
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA, District 4)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC, District 5)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ, District 2)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ, District 5)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA, District 11)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX, District 1)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA, District 6)
Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX, District 12)
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO, District 6)
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX, District 4)
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS, District 3)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX, District 5)
Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA, District 2)
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI, District 2)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA, District 52)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS, District 2)
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX, District 3)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC, District 3)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH, District 4)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY, District 3)
Rep. Steve King (R-IA, District 5)
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA, District 1)
Rep. John Kline (R-MN, District 2)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO, District 5)
Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA, District 4)
Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH, District 5)
Rep. Christopher Lee (R-NY, District 26)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ, District 2)
Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL, District 16)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX, District 24)
Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA, District 8 )
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA, District 22)
Rep. Thad McCotter (R-MI, District 11)
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC, District 10)
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC, District 7)
Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA, District 25)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, District 5)
Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI, District 10)
Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA, District 42)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL, District 1)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS, District 1)
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC, District 9)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX, District 19)
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX, District 22)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN, District 6)
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA, District 6)
Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL, District 12)
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV, District 3)
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT, District 0)
Rep. David Roe (R-TN, District 1)
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY, District 5)
Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-AL, District 3)
Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR, District 4)
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL, District 18)
Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ, District 3)
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA, District 9)
Rep. Michael Simpson (R-ID, District 2)
Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO, District 4)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE, District 3)
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX, District 21)
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL, District 6)
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS, District 4)
Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE, District 2)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA, District 5)
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX, District 13)
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS, District 4)
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH, District 12)
Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH, District 3)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI, District 6)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR, District 2)
Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN, District 3)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY, District 1)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC, District 2)
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA, District 10)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK, District 0)

2 comments to H.Con.Res. 274: Sneaking Religion Under the Door, Damn the First Amendment

  • To remove our beginning believing in one GOD, which created our country by our forefathers, would be completely disregarding our choice from day one, when we sailed and harbored on the east coast. The situation in NYC today about the “victory” mosque by Moslems, as a religion…which is totally false. The Koran is much more than they represent. Yet, we are supposed to support that. NO. When immigrants enter OUR country..must understand what we believe, show respect for our beliefs and our laws…Otherwise, choose another country to move to. Not to change ours to fit into their lives. Good example:: the invaders coming through our OPEN southern border, will not speak our language, they are criminals entering illigally and demand entitlements…WE pay the cost in many, many ways. If we allow any group ignore our basics, we will lose the “rock of faith” that has held us together for 234 years.

    • Jim

      Emily, thanks for laying bare the fundamentalist Christian demand: you want people to follow your religion, follow your beliefs or get out.

      How very theocratic of you.

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