When the state Legislature declared 2012 the “Year of the Bible” in January, you knew that wouldn’t pass by unnoticed.
And it certainly took awhile, but the controversy has finally spawned a lawsuit.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation on Monday sued the measure’s main sponsor, Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny; House clerk Tony Barbush; and House parliamentarian Clancy Myer over the resolution.
The lawsuit says the resolution “sends a message to the citizens of Pennsylvania, including (the foundation’s) members, that Christian beliefs are more legitimate in the eyes of the state than other systems of belief and thought, which constitute matters of individual free conscience.”
The Madison, Wis.-based foundation wants a federal judge to order the defendants to stop publishing and distributing the resolution and to rule that the state government isn’t Judeo-Christian. It also requests a declaration that the state public officials are subject to the Constitution’s Establishment Clause and a repayment of costs and legal fees associated with the complaint.
The unanimous vote in the House favored a resolution to recognize how the book has shaped the state, and the “national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy Scriptures.”
Saccone, whose resolution notes the Bible’s “formative influence” and says there is a “national need to study and apply” scripture, said Monday that the lawsuit is without merit.
What do you think? Let’s take a vote: