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In an 86-9 vote, the Wisconsin legislature on Tuesday passed a resolution that recognizes the week of Thanksgiving as National Bible Week. All dissenting votes came from Democrats, the minority party.
Also on Tuesday, Wisconsin legislators voted 64-30 to call the rotunda’s evergreen a “Christmas tree,” not a “holiday tree.”
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According to the resolution, “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.” Rep. Paul Tittl, the resolution’s author, says he’s “not just pumping out Christianity,” noting that the Bible is key to other religions, also.
Tittl credits a pastor at a “little Baptist church” for helping him rededicate his life to Jesus at age 24. After hearing a Promise Keepers speaker talk about the need for Christians in government, Tittl decided to enter politics. “It’s important to remember that we will answer to God for our decisions,” he says, “including the ones we make in our political life.” In 2016, Tittl was criticized for holding a Bible study at the statehouse.
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Wisconsin legislators have previously passed resolutions to honor other holidays, says Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. But Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz says Republicans are starting “holy wars” to distract attention from a weak agenda.
Opponents call the Bible resolution inappropriate. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation says the Assembly is misusing its power to promote one faith. The resolution “directly endorses Christianity over other...
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