The Secular Coalition for America today denounced a resolution (H. RES. 789) introduced in the U.S. House by Stephen Fincher (TN-8) that attempts to “reaffirm the importance of religion in the lives of United States citizens” and makes reference to the country’s “Judeo-Christian heritage.”

Fincher’s resolution cites a number of cases of religious symbolism or religion being inserted into government, to bolster the resolution’s claim that the U.S. is a religious nation. Some examples include the adoption of “In God we Trust” as the national motto in 1956. The resolution also “rejects efforts to remove evidence of Judeo-Christian heritage and references to God from public structures and resources.”

“A resolution that ‘reaffirms the importance of religion’—specifically a Judeo-Christian religion—in the lives of Americans excludes the many Americans for whom religion is not important, or those who do not identify with a Judeo-Christian religion. This only serves to divide rather than unite Americans,” said Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. “This resolution insinuates that because Christianity is the majority religion in the United States, the religion and its followers should be privileged by our government, but this logic is problematic – our Constitution is secular precisely to protect all Americans regardless of their religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs.”

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