Proposed Resolution by PA State Rep. McGinnis (R-Blair)

Once again, representatives in the PA State House have been working hard to use the resolution system to honor religious themes in our legislature.  Here's a new resolution for us to try and stop.

Representative McGinnis has submitted this request for sponsorship here:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20130&cosponId=13631

The text of the proposed bill reads:

A RESOLUTION
Recognizing February 10, 2014, as the 60th anniversary of the
addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance
of the United States.

WHEREAS, The Founders of the United States of America
observed, in the Declaration of Independence, the self-evident
truth that rights of life and liberty are an endowment from our
Creator; and


WHEREAS, The people of this Commonwealth have affirmed, in
the Constitution of Pennsylvania, their belief in God and their
thanksgiving for His blessings of civil and religious liberty;
and

WHEREAS, On February 7, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower
came to the conviction that adding the words "under God" to the
Pledge of Allegiance of the United States would be the right ‘
thing to do after hearing Reverend George Docherty preach that
the phrase "nation under God," which was first used in the
Gettysburg Address, was appropriate to be added to the Pledge of
Allegiance because freedom "is defined by a fundamental belief in God"; and

WHEREAS, On February 10, 1954, Senator Homer Ferguson of
Michigan introduced a bill in the United states senate to amend
the Pledge of Allegiance by adding the words "under God" to the
text of the pledge; and

WHEREAS, February 10, 1954, was chosen as the date to
introduce the bill by Senator Ferguson because it was the fifth
anniversary of the imprisonment of Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty of
Hungary, who was imprisoned and tortured by Communists for his
sermons exposing the goal of communism to eradicate all
religion; and

WHEREAS, Upon introduction of the bill, Senator Ferguson
commented, "Our nation is founded on a fundamental belief in
God, and the first and most important reason for the existence
of our government is to protect the God—given rights of our
citizens. Spiritual values are every bit as important to the
defense and safety of our nation as are military and economic
values"; and

WHEREAS, The vote to add "under God" to the Pledge of
Allegiance was a unanimous vote; and

WHEREAS, The first time the revised Pledge of Allegiance was
recited was on Flag Day, June 14, 1954; and

WHEREAS, It is the policy of the House of Representatives to
recognize and honor such an important date, which strengthens
the ties of history that bind us to our Judeo—Christian
heritage; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives, with due
reverence to the Almighty, recognize February 10, 2014, as the
60th anniversary of the addition of the words "under God" to the

Pledge of Allegiance of the United States.