Suit: ‘Year of the Bi­ble’ res­o­lu­tion un­law­ful

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HAR­RIS­BURG | An or­ga­ni­za­tion that in­cludes athe­ists and ag­nos­tics is su­ing over a Penn­syl­va­nia House res­o­lu­tion that de­clares 2012 the “Year of the Bi­ble,” say­ing the mea­sure vi­o­lates the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

The Free­dom From Re­li­gion Foun­da­tion sued the mea­sure’s main spon­sor, the House clerk and the House par­lia­men­tar­ian Mon­day over the res­o­lu­tion, which passed unan­i­mously in Jan­uary.

The foun­da­tion is ask­ing a fed­eral judge to or­der the de­fen­dants to stop pub­lish­ing and dis­tribut­ing the res­o­lu­tion and to rule that state gov­ern­ment is not Judeo-chris­tian.

The res­o­lu­tion notes the Bi­ble’s “for­ma­tive in­flu­ence” and says there’s a “na­tional need to study and ap­ply” Scrip­ture.

The prime spon­sor is Al­legheny County Re­pub­li­can Rep. Rick Sac­cone. He said his res­o­lu­tion rec­og­nizes the im­por­tant role the Bi­ble has played in state his­tory.

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