The Ultimate Legislative Finding of Fact: Congress Considering Resolution That Declares Holy Bible To Be God’s Word

randy-forbes2Courts routinely defer to legislative findings of fact, but this one may be a bit too ambitious. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), has introduced a resolution seeking to place the Lincoln-Obama bible on permanent display in the Capitol Visitor Center, a very good idea. However, the resolution includes the following line: “Whereas the Holy Bible is God’s Word.”

H. Con. Res. 34, a resolution states that Congress is “Calling upon the Capitol Preservation Commission and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol to place the Lincoln-Obama Bible on permanent display upon the Lincoln table at the Capitol Visitor Center for the benefit of all its visitors to fully understand and appreciate America’s history and Godly heritage.”

Rep. Forbes is the founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and may have some problem with non-believers, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and an assortment of other faiths which do not subscribe to that particular whereas finding of fact.

If Congress finds that the Bible is God’s word, would that make non-Christians and non-Jews legislatively defined blasphemers? Probably not, but then again Congress has not taken sides in the past due to that quirky Separation of Church and State thingy. Then again, people can finally claim to have found God in Congress (specifically the Visitor’s Center).

Not to buck the Almighty, but we may want to just work on moving the Bible to the visitor center and let the theologians continue to debate the whereas question for now. Of course, it is far easier to find that the bible is God’s word than to take that language out.

31 thoughts on “The Ultimate Legislative Finding of Fact: Congress Considering Resolution That Declares Holy Bible To Be God’s Word”

  1. What?!? No one is going to stick up for the Holy Flying Spaghetti Monster? You’re all mad, mad I tell you!

    There is no god but teh Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  2. Mike A.,
    good job on your comments on this thread. This type of legislative attempt to mix religion and government is another misguided Republican attempt to create a Taliban-like religious government here in the U.S. We are fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan now, we don’t need another Taliban government here.

  3. Gyges,

    You should really sit down and read Federalist 84; maybe a few times. Once you get a handle on what Hamilton’s saying, you’ll almost never start with an Amendment in your arguments again.

    Rights confer power; not vice versa.




    See quote from House M.D. for metaphor above.

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