RESOLUTION OPPOSING PROPOSED RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

WHEREAS, House Joint Resolution 78, titled the Religious Freedom Amendment, was introduced into the United States House of Representatives on May 8, 1997;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association strongly supports the position that the United States Constitution only be amended for the most grave and transcendent of reasons and never to limit the principles which have preserved our Republic as a successful democracy;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1972 and 1984 has already voiced its opposition in two previous resolutions to proposed amendments that would permit prayer in public schools or would otherwise allow the intrusion of sectarian matters into the public domain;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association reaffirms its commitment to its two prior resolutions and opposes the abridgment of the United States Constitution through passage of the proposed amendment;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association authorizes the Chancellor to take all necessary steps, including contacting appropriate congresspersons and senators, regarding this association's opposition to the Religious Freedom Amendment in any form.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: October 30, 1997