PRINTER'S NO.  2983

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

535

Session of

2012

  

  

INTRODUCED BY SACCONE, DENLINGER, STERN, AUMENT, BAKER, BLOOM, BROOKS, ELLIS, EMRICK, FLECK, GILLEN, GROVE, HAHN, HENNESSEY, HESS, KAUFFMAN, F. KELLER, KILLION, KRIEGER, MAHONEY, MAJOR, MALONEY, MARSHALL, MILLARD, MUSTIO, OBERLANDER, PAYNE, PAYTON, RAPP, READSHAW, REESE, ROCK, SIMMONS, SONNEY, STEVENSON, SWANGER AND TALLMAN, JANUARY 23, 2012

  

  

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, JANUARY 23, 2012  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Declaring 2012 as the "Year of the Bible" in Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, The Bible, the word of God, has made a unique

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contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and

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blessed nation and people; and

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WHEREAS, Deeply held religious convictions springing from the

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holy scriptures led to the early settlement of our country; and

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WHEREAS, Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil

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government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence

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and the Constitution of the United States; and

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WHEREAS, Many of our great national leaders, among them

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President Washington, President Jackson, President Lincoln,

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President Wilson and President Reagan, paid tribute to the

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influence of the Bible in our country's development, as

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exemplified by the words of President Jackson that the Bible is

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"the rock on which our Republic rests"; and

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WHEREAS, The history of our country clearly illustrates the

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value of voluntarily applying the teachings of the scriptures in

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the lives of individuals, families and societies; and

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WHEREAS, This nation now faces great challenges that will

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test it as it has never been tested before; and

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WHEREAS, Renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through

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holy scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people;

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therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives declare 2012 as

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the "Year of the Bible" in Pennsylvania in recognition of both

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the formative influence of the Bible on our Commonwealth and

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nation and our national need to study and apply the teachings of

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the holy scriptures.

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