H.R. 888 rewrites history to support “Christian Nation” myth.

I was going to write a long rant about House Resolution 888, but vjack over at Atheist Revolution has done such a good job I’m just going to repost his entry here and hope he doesn’t mind:

House Resolution 888, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA-4th District), seeks to rewrite American history to include a number of falsehoods perpetuated by Christian extremists. This should be of grave concern to every American atheist as well as anyone who values historical accuracy.

For many specific examples of the misinformation contained in H. Res. 888, see Chris Rodda’s excellent post at Talk To Action. It is long, but it really is a must read. Rodda has done an impressive job of debunking many of the claims contained in the resolution. Plain and simple, this is revisionist history intended to promote the “Christian nation” myth through deception.

For more information about the implications of H. Res. 888, talking points you can use when discussing what is wrong with it, and even a sample letter you can send to your Representative in Congress, see Bruce Wilson’s helpful post at Talk To Action. Contacting your Representative is especially important if he or she happens to be on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. You can find the letter I sent to my Representative here.

And why exactly should you care about any of this revisionist history stuff? Here are a few reasons:

Please join me in helping to spread the word about this one.

Contact your representatives and let them know your stance on this issue. I’m working on my letters as soon as I finish this entry. And if you don’t already have vjack’s blog in your blogroll then add it in. Good stuff.

5 thoughts on “H.R. 888 rewrites history to support “Christian Nation” myth.

  1. I rarely take try to contact government officials, but this is one case I simply had to express my concern to all 7 Colorado representatives (4 of whom voted yes on H. Res. 847.).

  2. Thanks for helping to spread the word about this important bit of legislation which will probably be overlooked completely by the mainstream media. This sort of revisionist history simply cannot be tolerated in a democracy.

  3. This resolution will pass, unfortunately. No politician wants to be seen as anti-religion, and that’s exactly how they’ll be painted if they vote against this.

  4. Wow, already 30 people signed up. It looks like voters vote in more dumbass douchbags than they realize. Me, I’m just fucking pissed right now that we even have to deal with this bullshit.

  5. It has been a long time since I contacted him but his reply is somewhat vague.

    Dear Mr. Newcomb:

    Thank you for letting me know of your concerns about a proposal to have Congress express support for designation of an “American Religious History Week.” I appreciate your taking time to get in touch.

    The legislation you mentioned, H. Res. 888, would express such support. It includes prefatory clauses evidently intended to show why the support is appropriate. As you noted, it also includes a statement rejecting “any effort to remove, obscure, or purposely omit .from our Nation’s public buildings and educational resources” what is described as our country’s “rich spiritual and diverse religious history.”

    I do not think the resolution would lead to action to require anyone to similarly support designation of a religious history week, and I do not think it would provide the basis for enforcing any official version of our country’s religious history. However, I agree that such resolutions should be given careful scrutiny.

    I do not know if Congress will consider any such resolution this year, and because I am not a member of a committee responsible for initial review of such proposals, I will not be directly involved unless one is debated by the full House of Representatives. However, if that should occur I will review the legislation closely and will remember the reasons for your opposition to its enactment.

    Thanks again for contacting me. To do my job well, I need to hear critical feedback from my fellow Coloradans. For more information about my positions, please visit my website at http://www.house.gov/markudall and sign up for my email newsletter.

    Warm Regards,

    Mark Udall
    Member of Congress

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