Text: H.J.Res.81 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress]
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[H.J. Res. 81 Introduced in House (IH)]

  1st Session
H. J. RES. 81

    Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States 
                      restoring religious freedom.



                           December 20, 2001

Mr. Istook (for himself, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Akin, Mr. Armey, Mr. Baker, 
   Mr. Ballenger, Mr. Barr of Georgia, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. 
Barton of Texas, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Bereuter, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, 
Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Combest, Mr. Crane, Mrs. Jo Ann 
Davis of Virginia, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. DeMint, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. 
 Duncan, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. Everett, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Gekas, Mr. Goode, 
Mr. Graham, Mr. Graves, Mr. Grucci, Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Hansen, Ms. 
 Hart, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Hayworth, Mr. Hefley, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. Hulshof, 
Mr. Hunter, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Jones of North Carolina, Mr. 
 Kerns, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Largent, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, Mr. Linder, 
   Mr. Lipinski, Mr. McHugh, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Oxley, Mr. Pence, Mr. 
  Peterson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Pickering, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Pombo, Mr. 
  Rahall, Mr. Riley, Mr. Ryun of Kansas, Mr. Schaffer, Mr. Shows, Mr. 
    Shuster, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Souder, Mr. Stearns, Mr. 
Tancredo, Mr. Taylor of North Carolina, Mr. Taylor of Mississippi, Mr. 
Terry, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. Tiahrt, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Watkins of 
Oklahoma, Mr. Watts of Oklahoma, Mr. Weldon of Florida, and Mr. Wicker) 
 introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the 
                       Committee on the Judiciary


                            JOINT RESOLUTION

    Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States 
                      restoring religious freedom.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House 
concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an 
amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be 
valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when 
ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States 
within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:


    ``To secure the people's right to acknowledge God according to the 
dictates of conscience:
    ``Neither the United States nor any State shall establish any 
official religion, but the people's right to pray and to recognize 
their religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, 
including schools, shall not be infringed.
    ``The United States and the States shall not compose school 
prayers, nor require any person to join in prayer or other religious