PRINTER'S NO.  2706

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

498

Session of

2011

  

  

INTRODUCED BY CLYMER, AUMENT, BAKER, BOYD, CALTAGIRONE, D. COSTA, CUTLER, DiGIROLAMO, EVERETT, FLECK, GEIST, GILLEN, GOODMAN, GROVE, HAHN, HESS, KRIEGER, LONGIETTI, MILLARD, MILNE, MYERS, OBERLANDER, O'NEILL, PICKETT, READSHAW, REICHLEY, SACCONE, SCAVELLO, STERN, STEVENSON, SWANGER, TALLMAN, VEREB, VULAKOVICH, DENLINGER, BROOKS, CAUSER, MAJOR AND GINGRICH, NOVEMBER 3, 2011

  

  

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, NOVEMBER 3, 2011  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Designating the month of November 2011 as "King James Bible

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Heritage Month" in Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, The King James Version of the Bible was the first

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English language Bible to be published in the United States; and

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WHEREAS, The King James Bible, also called the Authorized

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Version, has made a unique contribution in shaping the English

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language, including hundreds of common everyday expressions; and

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WHEREAS, The language of the King James Bible has entered

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into the very culture of the United States through a myriad of

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poetry, speeches, sermons, music, songs and literature; and

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WHEREAS, The teachings of the Scriptures, particularly read

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from the King James Scriptures, have inspired concepts of civil

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government contained in our founding documents and subsequent

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laws; and

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WHEREAS, Public officials at all levels of governments,

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including presidents, have taken their oaths of office with the

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King James Bible; and

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WHEREAS, Many national leaders have paid tribute to the

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surpassing influence of the Bible in the United States

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development, among them the words of Democratic President Andrew

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Jackson, calling it "the rock upon which our republic rests";

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and

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WHEREAS, Republican President Ronald Reagan said of the King

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James Bible, "Indeed, it is an incontrovertible fact that all

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the complex and horrendous questions confronting us at home and

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worldwide have their answer in that single book"; and

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WHEREAS, In the history of the United States, the King James

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Bible has played a significant role in the education of

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countless individuals, families and societies; and

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WHEREAS, The King James Bible, the most printed and widely

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distributed work in history, is now in its 400th year of

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publication; and

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WHEREAS, In 2011, the 400th anniversary of publishing the

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King James Bible will be celebrated in churches, at public

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events and conferences with further research, discussions,

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speeches and sermons; and

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WHEREAS, The King James Bible's relevance and contributions

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continue to formatively influence the United States; therefore

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be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize the

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400th anniversary of the Authorized King James Version of the

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Bible being published and its lasting influence on countless

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families, individuals and institutions in the United States and

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express its gratitude for the influence it has bestowed upon the

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United States; and be it further

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the

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month of November 2011 as "King James Bible Heritage Month" in

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Pennsylvania.

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