Lawsuit dismissed, but Christians still called ‘pandering’

Thursday, October 4, 2012
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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania house members for a Christian resolution, but the court chides them over pandering to one religion.

The resolution, which passed by a unanimous vote, recognized 2012 as the "Year of the Bible." Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit. Judge Christopher Connor dismissed the lawsuit, citing legislative immunity, but at the same time complained of "premeditated pandering" for religious and political purposes.

Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania notes that lawmakers pass many resolutions, but only Christian ones seem to make anyone angry.

Gramley, Diane (AFA of Pennsylvania)"A few years back, they did pass a resolution that encouraged schools to recognize or participate in the Day of Silence. So they have done things on the homosexual issue -- yes, they have -- and there was no concern about that," she remarks.

Gramley points out that while the legislature represents all citizens of the state, the atheist group has limited membership in Pennsylvania.

"And those 675 members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation are seeking to not only intimidate the state House and all the state government, they're seeking to intimidate and silence all Christians within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. That is one of their major tactics."

Gramley says the judge is not making the connection with the significant role of Christianity in the history of the state and the nation.

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