Congressman Pushes ‘Spiritual Heritage’ Resolution

A Virginia congressman has resumed his push for a resolution celebrating “America’s Spiritual Heritage.”

On May 7, this year’s National Day of Prayer, U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) announced H.Res. 397, which outlines “73 milestones of spirituality and faith in the United States.” The measure recognizes “the religious foundations of faith” that “form the inseparable foundation for America’s representative processes, legal systems and societal structures.”

Forbes, a close ally of the Religious Right, charged that America’s religious traditions are jeopardized. But critics say the resolution is simply another attack on church-state separation.

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn told The Washington Times that the bill reflects “a seriously distorted view of religion in American history” and insisted that it is “the latest backdoor attempt to try to declare America an officially Christian nation.”

Forbes introduced an identical resolution last year (H.Res. 888), but the proposal failed to get a floor vote.