[Hpn] "Jesus Day" in Texas
Wed, 12 Jul 2000 22:34:17 -0400
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William Charles Tinker
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Subject: "Jesus Day" in Texas
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Monday July 10, 4:28 pm Eastern Time
> Company Press Release
> SOURCE: American Jewish Congress
> Proclaiming 'Jesus Day' in Texas Assumes That
> Christian Teachings Are 'The Norm' for All Texans,
> AJCongress Says, Urging Gov. Bush Not to Issue Such
> 'Sectarian Pronouncements' in the Future
> NEW YORK, July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Declaring that Texas ``Jews, Muslims,
> Buddhists, members of other faith groups,
> and non-believers, all of whom are entitled to equal respect, would have
> difficulty responding'' to Governor George W. Bush's
> proclamation of June 10 as ``Jesus Day,'' the American Jewish Congress
> today called on Bush to refrain from issuing ``such
> sectarian pronouncements in the future.''
> The full text of the statement by AJCongress Executive Director Phil
> Baum is as follows:
> It has become a commonplace of American politics for elected officials
> to seek to accommodate the religious views of their
> constituents by issuing proclamations endorsing or commemorating the
> views or practices of various sectarian groups or
> A recent and egregious example is the proclamation by Governor George W.
> Bush designating June 10, 2000 as ``Jesus
> Day'' in the State of Texas. In an official pronouncement Governor Bush
> declared that: ``People of all religions recognize
> Jesus Christ as an example of love, compassion, sacrifice and service
> ... To honor his life and teachings, Christians of all races
> and denominations have joined together to designate June 10 as Jesus Day
> ... By volunteering their time, energy or resources
> ... adults and youngsters follow Christ's message of love and service in
> thought and deed.''
> The principal problem with Governor Bush's proclamation is not that it
> acknowledges the important civic contributions of a
> particular faith, but that it assumes that the profound regard in which
> the teachings and person of Jesus Christ are held by the
> Christian community are the norm for all the residents of the State of
> Texas. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, members of other faith
> groups, and non-believers, all of whom are entitled to equal respect,
> would have difficulty responding to the Governor's call to
> practice civic responsibility by ``follow(ing) Christ's message'' on
> June 10.
> We realize, of course, that proclamations do not have the force of law.
> But while they may have less stature than duly enacted
> legislation, that does not mean that they are without significance or
> that they do not violate the spirit and intention of the First
> Amendment of the Constitution. Indeed, the reason these proclamations
> are so frequently used and so avidly sought is
> precisely because they are perceived as effective in helping to shape
> public attitudes and promote sectarian beliefs.
> We know, too, that during the course of a year proclamations of various
> kinds are issued by Governors and others honoring a
> wide spectrum of groups and occasions, not all of whose objectives the
> author of the proclamation may necessarily endorse
> or even be aware of.
> But it is no answer that the issuance of such pronouncements has become
> customary or routine in the various States, or even
> in the U.S. Congress, as witness the Congressional proclamation
> commemorating the life and teachings of the late Lubavitcher
> All such statements are offensive and erode the protection afforded
> minority beliefs by the Constitutional doctrine that we are
> all better off when religion and State are kept separate. The danger is
> that these violations have become so casual and
> customary that we may have become indifferent to the harm they do and to
> the community divisiveness and sense of isolation
> they necessarily bring with them.
> We respectfully urge Governor Bush, as we have urged other Governors on
> similar occasions, to reconsider the use and
> issuance of such sectarian pronouncements. Whatever may be their
> intention, such statements take away from the sense of
> common purpose and commitment within the State that we know the Governor
> would wish to promote.
> SOURCE: American Jewish Congress
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