Congressman Steven Palazzo Sends A Bible To Congress Members

By Donald A. Collins | 4 September 2014
Church and State

Rep. Steven Palazzo recently sent a copy of the Bible to every member of Congress “to help guide you in your decision-making”.

Would you really like to see what the level of knowledge of one member of Congress is about our Constitution?

Apparently most members of Congress don’t really care since no one is reported to have admonished this member of Congress over his action. Huffington tells us that “Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) enclosed the Bible in his letter dated July 29 and sent to all House and Senate offices. The letter, written on an official letterhead in his capacity as assistant majority whip, was confirmed by Capitol Hill aides whose offices received it.”

Palazzo wrote, “On a daily basis, we contemplate policy decisions that impact America’s future. Our staffs provide us with policy memos, statistics, and recommendations that help us make informed decisions. However, I find that the best advice comes through meditating on God’s Word.”

“Please find a copy of the Holy Bible to help guide you in your decision-making,” the congressman continued, saying the Bibles were donated by one of his constituents from South Mississippi named J.B. Atchison.” But were the mailings on his letterhead a questionable use of the franking privilege??

Now in the interest of “free speech” we could perhaps be sympathetic to his action since the Bible is reported to be the world’s most read book and copied book, since for example Islam copied large portions of it for their own orthodoxy.

However, I would be remiss if I did not point out to this powerful sitting worthy the Founding Fathers were very specific in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, Amendment One, that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.

Guess it is pretty clear that the Bible is a Christian document. However, while the USA is not officially committed to being a Christian nation, the overweening efforts of far too many of our already elected officials including Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) to make it so offends many others including me.

The founding fathers were not Christians, but sadly the country has become so besotted with the bizarre religious convictions of most active main stream sects that no atheist (at least no openly atheistic) candidate can be elected to Congress or any national office. That certainly betrays the intention of our Founders.

Admittedly, even as one examines the fantasies of these sects, no one can prove there is no God, but one can certainly wonder at the naivete of these believers on the beliefs to which they seem manically to subscribe. Why don’t they look at the enlarged view of our planet and universe afforded by the science now available??

Hey, perhaps the best advice would be to send all members of Congress starting with Mr. Palazzo Richard Dawkins’ seminal book, The God Delusion or maybe just a subscription to The Scientific American.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

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