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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today introduced a resolution designating October 1-7, 2023 as “Religious Education Week” to celebrate and emphasize the importance of religious education, and the schools and organizations engaged in religious instruction.
“South Carolina’s children are our greatest resource and future leaders,” said Graham. “I am proud to introduce this resolution to emphasize the importance of continued religious education and the organizations who provide it.”
The resolution is cosponsored by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), James Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama), and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).
This resolution is also supported by Agudath Israel of America, American Association of Christian Schools, Association of Christian Schools International, Catholic Education Partners Inc., Catholic Business Network, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, School Time Bible Ministries, Coalition for Jewish Values, Foundation for American Christian Education, Family Research Council, Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, National Committee for Religious Freedom, and North American Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
The full text of the resolution is HERE.
Support for Senator Graham’s Religious Education Week resolution:
Grayson Hartgrove, Director of School Time Bible Ministries in Columbia, SC:
“We support and applaud the US Senate effort to pass a US Senate Resolution on Religious Education Week. Parents of public-school students want the option of providing faith-based programming during the public-school day. The legal practice, known as Released Time for Religious Education was started in 1914 by a school superintendent. He knew the importance of parents having options in directing the upbringing of their children. Currently over 13,000 public school students with parental permission in South Carolina leave campus every week for a faith-based class off campus at a church or non-school building. The number of students participating continues to grow as more parents learn of this option.”
Rabbi Lerner, President Emeritus of the Coalition for Jewish Values:
“Judaism places the education of our children at the center of religious practice. We are happy to endorse this resolution, which underscores the intrinsic connection between religious education and the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the Constitution, and celebrates religious schooling as a method of civic and moral development.”
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on protecting the unborn.
“After Dobbs, protection of the unborn has returned to elected officials at the state and federal level. As Justice Kavanaugh wrote in a concurring opinion to Dobbs, the legislative bodies are best able to decide such matters.
“When states like South Carolina, Florida, and Iowa agree on a certain level of protection for the unborn, through the legislative process, then I believe the process has worked as Dobbs intended. I support what my home state of South Carolina has done to protect the unborn. I applaud Governor McMaster and our state legislature for their hard work on this issue.
“States have the right to deal with the abortion issue up to a point, however the rights of the states to deal with this issue are not absolute. There comes a time when the issue moves from being a states’ rights issue to a human rights issue.
“Democratic Senators have used the legislative process and tried to pass federal legislation that creates a national standard virtually allowing abortion on demand up to the moment of birth. It is time for those who support the rights of the unborn to speak up in Washington. I have done so by offering legislation to protect unborn children who can feel pain at 15 weeks, with exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.
“At a minimum, when a child is so well-developed that they can feel pain and suck their thumb, we should protect them at the national level. At 15 weeks gestation, an unborn child can suck their thumb and also feel pain. That is why 47 of 50 European nations limit abortion between 12 and 15 weeks.
“Today, states like Oregon, New Jersey, Vermont, and Colorado place virtually no limits on abortion at any stage. These state laws mirror renegade nations like China and North Korea which allow abortion on demand up to the moment of birth. With their extreme position in support of late-term abortions, these states demonstrate why we need a national minimum standard to protect the unborn.”