Summary

H.Res. 789: Reaffirming the importance of religion in the lives of United States citizens and their freedom to exercise those beliefs peacefully. Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Sep 19, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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RESOLUTION

Reaffirming the importance of religion in the lives of United States citizens and their freedom to exercise those beliefs peacefully.

Whereas the first act of Congress in 1774 was a prayer, and Congress still begins its daily sessions with prayer today; Whereas State conventions from 1787 to 1788 that met to ratify the United States Constitution began with prayer; Whereas the constitutions of each of the 50 States explicitly have recognized or expressed gratitude to God in either the preamble or body; Whereas every President in United States history has recognized God and religious faith in the public life of the Nation; Whereas since the earliest years of the United States, Congress has appropriated money yearly to pay Congressional and military chaplains; Whereas Congress passed a law in 1865 to have the phrase ``In God We Trust'' engraved on United States coinage in 1865; Whereas the phrase ``In God We Trust'' became the national motto in 1956 and is prominently displayed in both the United States House and Senate Chambers; Whereas the Bible is the best-selling book of all time; Whereas a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey from 2007 shows that 92 percent of United States citizens believe in God and 78.4 percent identify themselves with Christianity; Whereas of the $298,420,000,000 of charitable contributions made in the United States in 2010, 32 percent, or $95,880,000,000, went to religious organizations according to the National Park Service; Whereas, from September 2010 to September 2011, 64,300,000 people in the...

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Bill Summary

H.Res. 789: Reaffirming the importance of religion in the lives of United States citizens and their freedom to exercise those beliefs peacefully.

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