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Suit: Pa. 'Year of the Bible' resolution unlawful

Federal lawsuit says Pa. House resolution for 'Year of the Bible' violates US Constitution By The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ' An organization that includes atheists and agnostics is suing over a Pennsylvania House resolution that declares 2012 the "Year of the Bible," saying the measure violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the measure's main sponsor, the House clerk and the House parliamentarian on Monday over the resolution, which passed unanimously in January.

The foundation is asking a federal judge to order the defendants to stop publishing and distributing the resolution and to rule that state government is not Judeo-Christian.

The resolution notes the Bible's "formative influence" and says there's a "national need to study and apply" scripture.

The prime sponsor is Allegheny County Republican Rep. Rick Saccone. He says his resolution recognizes the important role the Bible has played in state history.



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