The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently decided it was within its scope duty to the citizens of the Commonwealth to pass a resolution sponsored by Rep. Rick Saccone (R), recognizing April 30, 2013, as "National Fast Day" in honor of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day.
Invoking the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Proclamation is simply a clever way to avoid the technicality of separation of church and state by celebrating a historical event to force Pennsylvanians from backgrounds and traditions as diverse as the four corners of the world, to venerate the non-substantiated Judeo - Christian God.
I am personally affronted that my hard work is taxed to support the non-productive nostalgic sentiments of Rep. Saccone and supporters to call for my fellow citizens of the Commonwealth to:
"own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
A better use of time on April 30 would be for each Representative to hold a town hall meeting in his or her district to gather constituents' concerns to take back to Harrisburg to find real solutions to real problems.
I am very appreciative to the following legislators in Luzerne County for voting no on House Resolution 17 of The General Assembly of Pennsylvania:
- Mike Carroll (D)
- Gerald Mullery (D)
- Phillis Mundy (D)
- Eddie Day Pashinski (D)
- Tarah Toohill (R)
In the same vein, I am expressing my disappointment that the following Luzerne County legislators voted in support of the Resolution:
- Karen Boback (R)
- Sid Michaels Kavulich (D)
My hope is that they do not lead through fasting and prayer but by critical analysis of the concerns of the citizens in Luzerne County and the whole Commonwealth, and by fact finding and construction of rational solutions to improve the quality of our everyday lives and in planning for the future.
Read more thoughts on this legislation from Justin Vacula, my co-host on Brave Hero Radio, in his post titled “Pennsylvania House of Representatives declare National Fast Day in April”.