STATE OF NEBRASKA
WHEREAS, The Preamble to the Constitution of the State of Nebraska states that “We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, do ordain and establish the following declaration of rights and frame of government;” and
WHEREAS, Benjamin Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, stated: “It is impossible to build an empire without our Father’s aid. I believe the sacred writings which say that ‘Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it’” (Psalm 127:1); and
WHEREAS, George Washington enunciated: “animated alone by the pure spirit of Christianity, and conducting ourselves as the faithful subjects of our free government, we may enjoy every temporal and spiritual felicity;” and
WHEREAS, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote: “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?;” and
WHEREAS, James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution, advocated “the diffusion of the light of Christianity in our nation” in his Memorial and Remonstrance; and
WHEREAS, George Mason, in his Virginia Declaration of Rights, forerunner to our U.S. Bill of Rights, affirmed “that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity towards each other;” and
WHEREAS, These and many other truly great men and women of America, giants in the structuring of American history, were Christian statesmen of caliber and integrity who did not hesitate to express their faith.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mike Johanns, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the week of November 19th through the 25th, 2000, as CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and cuase the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska to be affixed this Twenty-Seventh day of July, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand.
Secretary of State