H.J.Res.238 - Designating the week of September 24, 1989, as "Religious Freedom Week".101st Congress (1989-1990)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Bentley, Helen Delich [R-MD-2] (Introduced 04/13/1989)|
|Committees:||House - Post Office and Civil Service|
|Latest Action:||06/09/1989 See S.J.Res.146. (All Actions)|
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HJ 238 IH 101st CONGRESS 1st Session H. J. RES. 238 Designating the week of September 24, 1989, as `Religious Freedom Week'. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES April 13, 1989 Mrs. BENTLEY introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service JOINT RESOLUTION Designating the week of September 24, 1989, as `Religious Freedom Week'. Whereas the principle of religious liberty was an essential part of the founding of our Nation, and must be safeguarded with eternal vigilance by all men and women of good will; Whereas religious liberty has been endangered throughout his- tory by bigotry and indifference; Whereas the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the inalienable rights of individuals to worship freely or not be religious, as they choose, without interference from governmental or other agencies; Whereas the Constitution of the United States ensures religious freedom to all of the people of the United States; Whereas at Touro Synagogue in 1790, President George Washington issued his famous letter declaring `to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance;' Whereas the Touro Synagogue letter advocating the doctrine of mutual respect and understanding was issued more than 1 year before the adoption of the Bill of Rights; Whereas the letter of President Washington to the Touro Synagogue have become national symbols of the commitment of the United States to religious freedom; Whereas throughout our Nation's history, religion has contributed to the welfare of believers and of society generally, and has been a force for maintaining high standards for morality, ethics and justice; Whereas religion is most free when it is observed voluntarily at private initiative, uncontaminated by Government interference and unconstrained by majority preference; and Whereas religious liberty can be protected only through the efforts of all persons of good will in a united commitment: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the week of September 24, 1989, is hereby declared to be `Religious Freedom Week', wherein members of all faiths or none, may join together in support of religious tolerance and religious liberty for all.