Affirming our spritual heritage: House Resolution 888

House Resolution 888:   

Affirming our spiritual history

It is no secret that many elected and appointed officials in our federal government would like to deny our nation’s rich spiritual and specifically Christian heritage.

It is no secret that the mainstream media applauds and supports that denial.

That’s why a measure such as House Resolution 888 – introduced by Congressman J. Randy Forbes of Virginia and immediately co-sponsored by 44 representatives – is a secret to most Americans.

Congressman Forbes is one of a growing number of conservative leaders who long to set the record straight regarding the role of religion in our nation’s history and in the formation of its foundational documents, including the Constitution and its First Amendment, which guarantees the “free exercise of religion.”

Introduced in December of 2007, H.Res.888 concludes with this four-pronged resolution:

Now therefore be in resolved, that the 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 an “American Religious History Week” every year for the appreciation of and education on America’s history of religious faith.

The seven-pages that precede that concluding resolution constitute a fascinating documentation — complete with dozens of historical examples — of that rich spiritual and religious history, beginning with our First Congress and continuing through to the present day.  To point out just one example, the resolution documents that for decades after passage of the Constitution and the First Amendment, Congress regularly appropriated funds for “missionaries and for religious instruction.”  Those founding fathers clearly knew their own purpose in passing that First Amendment and knew that such an appropriation was not in violation of that purpose!

To view the complete text of H.Res.888 in a version complete with sources for historical references listed throughout, click here.

The House of Representatives has agreed to consider this excellent resolution.  Among the members who immediately agreed to co-sponsor H.Res.888 are Jean Schmidt of Ohio’s 2nd District and Patrick Tiberi of Ohio’s 12th District.

Please take a moment to click on the link below to send a message to your representative to ask that he or she sign on as a co-sponsor of H.Res.888.