Monday, November 20, 2006

Governor's Proclamation of Interfaith Awareness Week 2006

[note: similar proclamations from the Dane County Executive and Mayors of
Madison, Middleton and Monona]

THE STATE of WISCONSIN
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
A Proclamation

WHEREAS, Wisconsin has a long history of celebrating the diversity of
belief; and
WHEREAS, Wisconsin has been a leader in human rights throughout 158 years of
statehood; and
WHEREAS, December 10, 2006 is Human Rights Day designated by the United
Nations and the 59th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, which states in Article 18 that "Everyone has the right to freedom
of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change
his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with
others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in
teaching, practice, worship and observance;" and
WHEREAS, the State has developed great spiritual and religious diversity and
diverse beliefs have played an important role in the development of our
State; and
WHEREAS, the celebration of diversity diminishes no one, but enriches
everyone; and
WHEREAS, we affirm the right of every person to believe and act according to
their beliefs as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others; and
WHEREAS, interfaith and multifaith efforts of different churches and faith
groups have a rich history in the State; and
WHEREAS, interfaith and multifaith coalitions, dialogues and activities
continue to grow in importance locally, regionally, nationally and
internationally; and
WHEREAS, the Capitol of the State of Wisconsin is located on an isthmus,
which is considered a place of peace and reconciliation; and
WHEREAS, December 2006 holds holy days of many religious and faith groups;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, James Doyle, Governor, do hereby proclaim December 10-16,
2006 as INTERFAITH AWARENESS WEEK
in the State of Wisconsin and encourage citizens to learn more about each
others' beliefs in the spirit of community.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal
of the State of Wisconsin to be affixed. Done at the Capitol in the City of
Madison this eighteenth day of October in the year two thousand six.
[SIGNATURE]
JIM DOYLE

[SEAL WITH RED RIBBON]
By the Governor:
[signature]
DOUGLAS LA FOLLETTE
Secretary of State

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