Text: H.J.Res.638 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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HJ 638 IH
101st CONGRESS
2d Session
H. J. RES. 638
To designate the week of September 23 through 29, 1990, as `Religious
Freedom Week'.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
August 3, 1990
Mrs. BENTLEY (for herself, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. ASPIN, Mr. AUCOIN, Mr. BATEMAN,
Mr. BATES, Mr. BENNETT, Mr. BEVILL, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. BLAZ, Mr. BLILEY,
Mr. BORSKI, Mr. BOUCHER, Mr. BROWN of Colorado, Mr. BUSTAMANTE, Mr. CALLAHAN,
Mr. CARPER, Mr. CHAPMAN, Mr. CLARKE, Mr. CLEMENT, Mr. COBLE, Mr. COLEMAN
of Texas, Mr. COLLINS, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. COSTELLO, Mr. COUGHLIN, Mr. COYNE,
Mr. CRAIG, Mr. DANNEMEYER, Mr. DERRICK, Mr. DE LUGO, Mr. DINGELL, Mr. DORNAN of
California, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. EMERSON, Mr. EVANS, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Mr. FAUNTROY,
Mr. FAZIO, Mr. FISH, Mr. FORD of Tennessee, Mr. FORD of Michigan, Mr. FROST,
Mr. FUSTER, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. GRANT, Mr. GILMAN, Mr. GONZALEZ, Mr. GUARINI,
Mr. HALL of Texas, Mr. HAMILTON, Mr. HANSEN, Mr. HARRIS, Mr. HAYES of
Illinois, Mr. HEFNER, Mr. HENRY, Mr. HILER, Mr. HOCHBRUECKNER, Mr. HORTON,
Mr. HUCKABY, Mr. HUGHES, Mr. HUTTO, Mr. IRELAND, Mr. JACOBS, Mr. JENKINS,
Mr. JONTZ, Mr. KASICH, Mr. KLECZKA, Mr. KOLTER, Mr. KOSTMAYER, Mr. LAGOMARSINO,
Mr. LANCASTER, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. LEHMAN of Florida, Mr. LEVINE of California,
Mr. LIVINGSTON, Mr. DONALD E. LUKENS, Mr. LOWERY of California, Mr. MCDADE,
Mr. MCEWEN, Mr. MCMILLEN of Maryland, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. MANTON, Mrs. MEYERS
of Kansas, Mr. MILLER of Washington, Mr. MOAKLEY, Mr. MONTGOMERY, Mr. MOODY,
Mr. MOORHEAD, Mr. MYERS of Indiana, Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts, Mr. NIELSON of
Utah, Ms. OAKAR, Mr. PARKER, Mr. PAYNE of New Jersey, Ms. PELOSI,  Mr. QUILLEN,
Mr. RAY, Mr. RINALDO, Mr. ROE, Mr. SABO, Mr. SCHEUER, Mr. SCHIFF, Mr. SLATTERY,
Mr. ROBERT F. SMITH, Mr. SPENCE, Mr. STALLINGS, Mr. STANGELAND, Mr. TOWNS,
Mr. VANDER JAGT, Mr. WALGREN, Mr. WHEAT, Mr. WOLF, Mr. YATRON, and  Mr. SKEEN)
introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee
on Post Office and Civil Service
JOINT RESOLUTION
To designate the week of September 23 through 29, 1990, 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  a year before the adoption of the
Bill of Rights;
Whereas the letter of President Washington to the Touro Synagogue has become
a national symbol 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,
  (1) That the week of September 23, 1990, is hereby declared to be `Religious
  Freedom Week'; and
  (2) The President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation
  calling on the people of the United States, including members of all faiths
  or none, to join together in support of religious tolerance and religious
  liberty for all, and to observe the week with appropriate activities.