Assembly recognizes National Bible Week, drawing criticism from Freedom From Religion Foundation

The state Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution recognizing National Bible Week.

The Republican-authored resolution recognizes Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week. It declares that reading the Bible has contributed to the moral fiber of society. The Madison-based national nonprofit Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for the separation of church and state, has criticized the resolution, saying that legislators are promoting their own religion.

“For the Assembly to consider a resolution basically endorsing one holy book over another is totally inappropriate, and it’s also inappropriate for the Legislature to endorse religion over non-religion,” said the group’s co-founder, Annie Laurie Gaylor.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Jim Steineke told reporters before lawmakers took the floor Tuesday that the chamber has traditionally recognized different religions.

“It seems like the other religion we’re willing to take shots at is Christianity,” Steineke said.

The Assembly approved the resolution 86-9 with no debate. All the legislators who voted against it are Democrats.

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