ACTION ALERT: Stop revisionist Christian nation House Resolution 888
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Action Alerts | Stop revisionist Christian nation House Resolution 888
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Update: Thanks to your e-mails and our lobbying, this resolution is not currently moving forward. In April, Randy Forbes (R-VA) sent a letter to Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, urging action on the resolution. He has also sought support from the conservative religious House "Values Action Team," and as of May 12, 2008 there are 84 co-sponsors. Thus far committee leadership has not succumbed to pressure to move this resolution to the House floor. If you have not contacted your representative to oppose H.Res. 888, please do so now.
Jan. 11 - Flush with last year's success in passing H.Res. 847, "Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian Faith," Christian nationalists -- those who would have the United States be governed as a Christian theocracy -- are pushing H.Res. 888, another resolution which promotes a false and distorted Christian nation reinterpretation of our history. Generally, we do not take action regarding resolutions because they are ceremonial in nature and express the non-binding opinion of one chamber. They do not have the force of law.
However, this resolution is so outrageous that YES votes -- even with its ceremonial form -- would send a dangerous message to history and civics educators throughout the United States. Teaching an unbiased account of our nation's founding and its governance will be curtailed; in its place supporters of this resolution clearly call for a revised history of the United States as a Christian nation.
Additionally, the resolution rejects constitutional requirements that government not establish religion. It calls on "our Nation's public buildings and educational resources" to be permitted to spread its specific revisionist history.
Rather than go into the tortured account of history in the 75 "whereas" paragraphs of the resolution, the Secular Coalition for America advises those who would like a more in-depth analysis of the lies and distortions being taught by Christian nationalists to read Why the Religious Right is Wrong About Separation of Church and State by Secular Coalition for America advisory board member Rob Boston. While there are certainly more recent books on the subject, Boston's book is specifically geared towards consideration of the type of revisionist history perpetuated by revisionist "historians" such as David Barton. Much of H.Res. 888’s "whereas" information comes directly from Barton's ridiculous assertions.
We have seen the religious right attack science education in order to impose their theological beliefs on public school science curriculum. This is the first official attempt to encourage theological beliefs to interfere with accurate education about our nation's history.
Specifically, the resolution
TAKE A STAND. Below is a sample letter to send to your member of Congress to stop this resolution. Please feel free to adapt it to your voice and provide additional information of importance to you. (New to the Secular Coalition for America? In submitting this letter to Congress from our Web site, you agree to receive mail from the Secular Coalition for America and its member organizations. Thanks for taking action, and welcome to our constituency.)