Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania House passed a resolution by a vote of 193-0 declaring 2012 the Year of the Bible in the state. Now, the Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the resolution in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleging that its members “have had direct and unwanted exposure to the Year of the Bible Resolution and the hostile environment created thereby as a result of the official declaration of a state religion by the Pennsylvania Legislature.” The lawsuit also makes the ridiculous claim that the resolution violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
Although as a conservative Christian I believe that the Bible is the word of God and that the citizens of Pennsylvania would all be much better off if they and their elected officials followed its teachings, the resolution is as much a waste of time as the lawsuit. Doesn’t the Pennsylvania legislature have anything better to do than pass meaningless resolutions? How about eliminating or lowering some of the taxes? How about removing the regulations that hamper businesses? How about repealing laws against victimless crimes? How about giving up the state liquor store monopoly? This resolution is a distraction. It distracts the people of Pennsylvania from the evil that the state legislature does and has done. Do Christians in Pennsylvania think that God will bless their state because of this resolution? Isn’t abortion legal in Pennsylvania? Will God overlook all the abortions that take place in Pennsylvania because of this resolution declaring 2012 to be the year of the Bible? Don’t count on it.