COALITION TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GOD EXISTS
AND TO ALLOW EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH

January 15, 2004

SUBJECT: REQUESTING CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION
NOW PENDING IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE

ADDRESSED TO CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

HOUSE
- Speaker Dennis Hastert
- Majority Leader Tom DeLay
- Majority Whip Roy Blunt
- Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
- Judiciary Committee Constitution Constitution, Subcommittee Chairman Steve Chabot
- Value Action Team Chairman Joseph R. Pitts

SENATE
- Majority Leader Bill Frist
- Majority Whip Mitch McConnell
- Policy Committee Chairman Jon Kyl
- Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch
- Judiciary Committee Constitution Constitution, Civil Rights and Priority Rights Subcommittee Chairman John Cornyn
- Value Action Team Chairman Sam Brownback


The current Congress has a unique and historic opportunity to correct a wrong interpretation of the First Amendment by decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court which in the past half century have stolen our Judeo Christian heritage. Unique and historic because this is the first time since 1955 that both Houses of Congress and the White House are supportive of a political philosophy which is willing to acknowledge that God exists who created rules which all persons are to observe.

A brief sampling of some of these decisions is as follows:

Enacting “a wall of separation between church and state”
(Everson v. Board of Education, 1947)

Banning nondenominational prayer from public schools
(Engel v. Vitale, 1962)

Removing the Ten Commandments from public school walls
(Stone v. Graham, 1980)

Striking down a “period of silence not to exceed one minute…for mediation or voluntary prayer”
(Wallace v. Jaffree, 1985)

Censoring creationist viewpoints when evolutionist viewpoints are taught
(Edwards v. Aguillard, 1987)

Barring prayers at public school graduations
(Lee v. Weisman, 1992)

We believe that the principle problem facing America is a spiritual one. Since 9-11, our political leaders have been heard to publicly ask on many occasions “God Bless America.” If we are honest with ourselves, why should God Bless America? For over two generations we have been teaching children in public schools the God does not exist.

We are encouraged that in the current Congress legislation has been introduced to allow public expression of faith and to acknowledge that God exists in America. We thank and support the following authors and the legislation they have introduced and strongly urge the Congressional leadership to move this legislation expeditiously and produce a statute and/or a Constitutional Amendment which will minimally retain God in the Pledge of Allegiance; retain “In God We Trust” as our national motto; allow voluntary prayer in public schools; allow the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings and if a statute, utilize Article 3, 2.2 of the U.S. Constitution to except these subject areas from the federal court system.

Senator Allard of Colorado – S1558, 10 co-sponsors
Statute to allow display of Ten Commandments and to retain God in pledge and “In God We Trust” as national motto. Uses Article 3, 2.2 to except these subjects from Federal Courts

Congressman Aderholt of Alabama, HR 2045 - Ten Commandments Defense Act of 2003, 110 co-sponsors
Allows displaying of Ten Commandments, Allows expressions of faith in public

Congressman Akin of Missouri – HR 2028 IH, 222 co-sponsors
Statute to retain “God” in pledge and uses Article 3, 2.2 to except this from Federal Court jurisdiction.

Congresswoman Emerson from Missouri – HJ Res. 7, 1 co-sponsor
Constitutional Amendment to allow voluntary prayer in public schools

Congressman Istook of Oklahoma – HJ Res. 46, 100 co-sponsors
Constitutional Amendment to allow voluntary prayer in public schools

Congressman Paul of Texas – HR 1547, 3 co-sponsors
Statute to except religious freedom from jurisdiction of federal courts

Congressman Pickering of Mississippi – HJ Res. 40, 11 co-sponsors
Constitutional Amendment to retain God in pledge and “In God We Trust” as national motto

Congressman Pickering of Mississippi – H R 3190, 35 co-sponsors
Statute to allow display of Ten Commandments and to retain “God” in pledge and “In God We Trust” as national motto. Uses Article 3, 2.2 to except these subjects from Federal Courts.

Polling data overwhelmingly supports this legislation:

“For example, in 1985, 69 percent of Americans supported school prayer; by 1991, that number had increased to 78 percent. Similarly, in 1988, 68 percent of Americans supported a constitutional amendment to reinstate school prayer; by 1994, that number had risen to 73 percent.

Furthermore, the public is strongly unified on the subject of spoken – not silent – prayer. In 1995, the support for spoken prayers by students of all faiths was at 75 percent and by 2001 (before the terrorist attacks) it was at 77 percent. Additionally, 80 percent believe that students should be able to recite a spoken prayer at graduations, and support for other types of visible religious expressions at schools remains equally high.”

Signed,

Mr. David Barton
Wallbuilders, Inc.
Aledo, TX

Mr. Gary Bauer
Campaign For Working Families

Mr. Joel Belz
World Magazine

Mr. Phil Burress
Citizens For Community Values
Cincinnati, OH

Mr. Jack Clayton
Christian Legal Defense and Education Foundation

Mr. Chuck Colson
Prison Fellowship
Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Roberta Combs
Christian Coalition
Washington, D.C.

Congressman Bill Dannemeyer (1979-1992)
Americans For Voluntary School Prayer

Dr. James Dobson
Focus on the Family
Colorado Springs, CO

Rev. Jerry Falwell
Liberty Alliance
Lynchburg, VA

Mr. Mike Farris
Home School Legal Defense Association

Rev. Ted Haggard
National Association of Evangelicals
Washington, D.C.

Mr. David Keene
American Conservative Union

Dr. D. James Kennedy
Coral Ridge Ministries
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Mr. Martin Mawyer
Christian Action Network

Mr. William Murray
Religious Freedom Coalition
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
Washington, D.C.

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Bond, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Frances Rath
Committee For Biblical Principles in Government
Aloha, OR

Ms. Sandy Rios
Concerned Women For America
Washington, D.C.

Rev. Pat Robertson
CBN, Virginia Beach, VA

Dr. Rick Scarborough
Vision America, Houston, TX

Mrs. Nancy Schaefer
Family Concerns, Inc.
Turnerville, GA

Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum

Rev. Lou Sheldon
Traditional Values Coalition
Washington, DC

Mr. Paul Weyrich
Free Congress Foundation

Mr. Don Wildmon
The American Family Association
Tupelo, MS


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