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