Wisconsin Passes Resolution Declaring Thanksgiving Week to be “National Bible Week”

A National Bible Week billboard. (Photo: National Bible Association)

Wisconsin’s legislature has overwhelmingly passed a resolution declaring the week of Thanksgiving to be “National Bible Week.”

The Wisconsin Assembly voted on Tuesday to approve Assembly Resolution 16, which called for the observing of “National Bible Week.”

“Bible reading has been a great encouragement and comfort for many people throughout our state’s history and has contributed to the molding of the spiritual, moral, and social fiber of our citizenry,” read the resolution in part.

“President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first declared National Bible Week in 1941 [and] the nation continues to observe Sunday to Sunday of the week of Thanksgiving as National Bible Week.”

The final vote was 86 ayes, 9 noes, and 4 abstentions. While the ayes were bipartisan, all 9 legislators who voted against the resolution were Democrats.

Representative Paul Tittl, the Republican legislator who sponsored the resolution, said in comments reported by the Associated Press that while he was a “born-again Christian” the resolution was “not just pumping out Christianity.”

The Madison-based atheist group the Freedom From Religion Foundation denounced the resolution in a statement released before the vote was taken.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski