House Bill 1728 passed the committee and will be scheduled for a vote. The purpose of the bill introduced is to place “In God We Trust” in all public school buildings. The bill is supposedly meant to support an historical message when, in fact, it is a religious message. The PA House Representative Saccone has again decided to push the religious agenda upon the secular and the sectarian citizens of Pennsylvania by continually breaching the “wall of separation“. Not all citizens of PA wish to have religious messages displayed in public schools. An unofficial poll (view results) at Pennlive.com cites an 84% disapproval of Mr. Saccone’s idea or should I say personal ideal!
Article 6 states :“To increase student understanding of and familiarity with American historical documents, historically important excerpts from or copies of the documents should be prominently displayed in public school buildings.”
How about if Mr.Saccone places the Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli, that was ratified unanimously in 1797, into all public schools?
Article 11 states: As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, — as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen, — and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
This is an historic document and would teach the students what the founders REALLY thought! This is an historically important “excerpt” that would fit into HB 1726. This would also give an “alternate view” to the fallacy that this nation was founded as a “Christian” nation. Would Mr. Saccone add this as an amendment?
Two national constitutional church/state watchdog groups have commented on this bill:
- The Freedom from Religion Foundation has placed this “action alert” on their web site.
- Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has criticized Mr. Saccone’s bill to place this “motto” in public schools.
This bill will be the main topic of our Meeting on 11/04/13 at Isaac’s in the Granite Run Shopping Center at 6:00 PM EST.
We hope to see you there!