(CHRISTIAN POST) – County officials in Northern California have rescinded a proclamation intended to "recognize the impact of religious beliefs on America's history" after criticism from local Jewish residents and church-state separation groups.
Earlier this summer, the Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado, located about 30 miles east of Sacramento, issued a proclamation introduced by Supervisor John Hidahl declaring the month of July "American Christian Heritage Month."
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The proclamation featured several historical references, including the 1892 Supreme Court decision in Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, which stated, "This is a religious people... From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation." The proclamation noted U.S. Congress' first act in 1774 "was to ask a minister to open with prayer and to lead Congress in the reading of four chapters of the Bible."