We need to tell Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to stop bible thumping through the calendar years. Although he declared 2016 to be "The Year of The Bible," he has decided to extend that title to 2017 in a proclamation he signed on Dec. 19.
This is part of the governor's promotion of the "Kentucky 120 United Bible Reading Marathon," an event where people gather to read the entire bible in public in less than four days. Mark Harrell, a pastor of the Christian Victory Fellowship, founded the bible-marathon event in an effort to get state government officials and the public in accord with "God's Word."
Gov. Bevin's proclamation states that 2017 "marks the second year Kentucky has led the nation in celebrating the bible's significant impact on Kentucky and American institutions and culture by leaders in each county taking shifts to read through the entire bible in Kentucky's Bible Reading Marathon beginning Jan. 1, 2017."
The proclamation excludes and alienates Kentuckians who are not Christian, not religious, or believe in the patriotic principle of upholding the First Amendment by keeping religion out of government. To use the secular gubernatorial office to propagandize a religious book is an unacceptable abuse of power.
This is a disturbing sanctioning of Christianity as a government-endorsed religion.
Please tell Gov. Bevin that his declaration is a misuse of his role as an elected state official.
Contact Gov. Matt Bevin's office.
Mailing Address: 700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100 Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone: (502) 564-2611
Also, we encourage you to share and post about this ridiculous proclamation on social media.
Feel free to utilize the talking points below.
The governor is expected to fulfill his role as an elected representative of the United States government and uphold the constitutional separation of Church and State. Government officials, like all American citizens, have the right to hold any spiritual beliefs you choose. However, your recently signed proclamation declaring 2017 as "The Year of the Bible" violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. To promote Christianity or any religious text is an unlawful abuse of your position as an official elected to represent all Kentuckians, including the 30 percent who are nonreligious or non-Christian. Your proclamation fails to recognize religious diversity in the state of Kentucky. Please rescind it.