Being the excellent examples of how religion makes no one a better person, we now have Pennsylvania legislators introducing yet another useless House Resolution full of intentional lies in their continued attempts to play pretend that their version of Christianity is the state religion of the United States. This resolution is HR 306 and unsurprisingly, it’s the usual band of Republicans who are pandering to the willfully ignorant.
Here are their names so you can be sure to know who goes out of their way to lie to their constituents: BAKER, HENNESSEY, MILLARD, KNOWLES, KRIEGER, CAUSER, CUTLER, CLYMER, JAMES, ROCK, DiGIROLAMO, KORTZ, KAUFFMAN, MILNE, MUSTIO, AUMENT, SONNEY, EVERETT, BARRAR,GROVE, HESS, GINGRICH, READSHAW, CALTAGIRONE AND SACCONE
Here in PA, we have one of these resolutions brought up to waste time and money by legislators who seem to desperately want a theocracy. This one is particularly good in that it can be shown to be full of misrepresentations, quotes with no source, etc. It’s almost as good as creationist screed with its utter nonsense. It’s a shame that such supposed TrueChristians feel that they must lie and also think that no one will check their claims. It takes a truly amazing amount of willfully ignorant arrogance to think that they can get away with such outrageous deceit.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has done its usual yeoman’s job of showing exactly where the lies are by this lovely groups of legislators. Indeed, if they think they can lie about their own religion, what keeps them from lying about anything they want and don’t think the citizens of Pennsylvania can handle or should know the truth about?
You can read the entire article about the lies at the FFRF blog here. For your delectation, a couple of choice quotes.
“The second Whereas is non-binding Supreme Court language from an 1892 opinion about the Alien Contract Labor Law. The idea that we are “a religious people … From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation” is offensive, exclusionary, and absurd. I am not a religious person. At least 1.5 million Pennsylvanians are not religious. One-in-three Americans under the age of 30 are not religious and more than 60 million Americans of all ages are not religious. So no, there is no “single voice making this affirmation.” Claiming otherwise is simply Christian arrogance.”