The state Assembly has approved a resolution declaring the week of Thanksgiving as National Bible Week in Wisconsin. Madison’s Freedom from Religion Foundation has called the resolution “highly inappropriate.”
ICYMI: The Wisconsin Assembly is considering a resolution recognizing “National Bible Week.” FFRF’s @AndrewLSeidel exposes this for what it is — an attempt to use the machinery of the state to promote religion. https://t.co/9B2pKKWuvh
— FFRF (@FFRF) November 12, 2019
Not so,. says Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington). “It’s not something new that we’ve done . . . we have done these in the past. I think we recognize people of all faiths,” Vos said.
“I don’t have a real problem with it,” said Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Ohskosh). “It seems to be we’re going to have holy wars or something, it might be to distract from the lack of an agenda overall.”
The resolution passed on 86-9 vote Tuesday. The Assembly also voted Tuesday to officially recognize the rotunda evergreen as a Christmas tree. That resolution was a reaction to Governor Tony Evers invitation to school kids to send ornaments for the Capitol’s “Holiday Tree.” Four Democrats joined Republicans on the pro Christmas Tree vote.