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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress]
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[H.J. Res. 46 Introduced in House (IH)]

  1st Session
H. J. RES. 46

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



                             April 9, 2003

Mr. Istook (for himself, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Akin, 
  Mr. Alexander, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Baker, Mr. Ballenger, Mr. Barrett of 
  South Carolina, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Barton of Texas, Mr. 
  Beauprez, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Bonilla, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Brady of 
 Texas, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, 
 Mr. Burgess, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Chocola, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Culberson, Mrs. 
Jo Ann Davis of Virginia, Mr. Davis of Tennessee, Mr. Deal of Georgia, 
 Mr. DeMint, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Duncan, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. Everett, Mr. 
Feeney, Mr. Flake, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. 
Goode, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Green of Wisconsin, Mr. Hall, Mr. Hayes, Mr. 
  Hayworth, Mr. Hefley, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Herger, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. 
   Hunter, Mr. Janklow, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Jones of North 
 Carolina, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, Mr. 
Linder, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Lucas of Kentucky, Mr. McCrery, Mr. Miller of 
   Florida, Mrs. Musgrave, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Norwood, Mr. Pearce, Mr. 
Pence, Mr. Peterson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Platts, Mr. Rahall, 
Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Ryun of Kansas, Mr. 
   Schrock, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Smith of New 
Jersey, Mr. Smith of Michigan, Mr. Souder, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Tancredo, 
Mr. Taylor of North Carolina, Mr. Taylor of Mississippi, Mr. Terry, Mr. 
 Tiahrt, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Weldon of Florida, Mr. 
Whitfield, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Royce, and Mr. 
Stenholm) 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, 
and is intended to include protection of the Pledge of Allegiance to 
the Flag, the display of the Ten Commandments, and voluntary school 

                              ``Article --

    ``To secure the people's right to acknowledge God according to the 
dictates of conscience:
            ``The people retain the right to pray and to recognize 
        their religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public 
        property, including schools.
            ``The United States and the States shall not establish any 
        official religion nor require any person to join in prayer or 
        religious activity.''.