'Year of the Bible' Lawsuit Unsuccessful, But Judge Blasts General Assembly

Hypocrites of the General Assembly receive their comeuppance from federal judge.

Although a lawsuit filed against the Pennsylvania General Assembly for its stunning and offensive "Year of the Bible" proclamation was not successful, it is gratifying that presiding U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner condemned its passage in strong terms, serving to warn the members not to engage in similar antics in the future. 

It is interesting that a body of legislators which has refused to address so many critical issues (property tax reform/relief, our crumbling roads and bridges, privatization of the state liquor monopoly, elimination of the state's onerous death/inheritance tax for all, and others) devoted even one minute of time to sticking its hand into a religious directive, an action which is particularly amusing, given the sanctimonious nature of many of our "leaders." The resolution would have been outlandish enough had it sought to render this "the year of prayer," but it went further than that, telling us that the Bible is "the word of God," seeking to favor one set of religious beliefs over another and over those who have none.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly should be the last body which one would consult for pointers on how to model their lives and for how to worship if one chooses to do so. I hope that the members, some of whom voted for the resolution without knowing what was in it, paid close attention to the chastisement of the judge, one who is obviously wiser than them in this respect.

The sponsor of the resolution, state Rep. Rick Saccone, an educated man, is running for re-election this year and has a strong and principled opponent, former state Rep. David Levdansky. I wonder if there will be any backlash against Rep. Saccone for the poor judgment he displayed in his efforts to impose his set of religious beliefs on others.

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Ed M November 02, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Thomas, I agree regarding the regarding the PA Constitution and the Bible, but that doesn't translate to churches being responsible for keeping government in check.
JS November 02, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Thomas, just curious whether or not you are the Thomas Altman that founded the Libertarian group in Greensburg. If not, disregard. If you are, I'm having a bit of trouble with your ideas about religion and government. You seem to want more control by the church in our lives, which would be antithesis to the Libertarian ideal. Just wondering.
Thomas Altman November 03, 2012 at 02:29 PM
JS, My guess is that we differ not so much on what is Libertarian, but what is the Church.
Ed M November 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
This explains a lot! I thought I detected some legalize Christianity.
Thomas Altman November 04, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Ed, You appear to have made up your mind in advance what I am like and what I think. This will probably be my last effort to explain. Yes there are laws that the Bible reveals. However, if that is all you see, you read it with a closed mind. That is the point of view of a person suffering from codependency. Codependent people tend to want a nanny government, since they want someone to fix their messes and to blame their problems on. From Genesis to Revelation the primary themes are trust and relationship.


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