Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wisconsin Governor Proclaims Interfaith Awareness Week


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 162 years of statehood;


and WHEREAS, December 10, 2009 is Human Rights Day designated by the United Nations and the 61st 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 2009 holds holy days of many religious and faith groups;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, James Doyle, Governor, do hereby proclaim December 6-12, 2009 as
INTERFAITH AWARENESS WEEK
in the State of Wisconsin and encourage citizens to learn more about each others' beliefs in the spirit of community.
[signature on September 9, 2009]

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This year there will be open houses and events throughout the Madison area. In the Wisconsin Capitol Building rotunda there will be displays of the world religions all week and a special noon program on Human Rights Day, Thursday, December 10th.
(above photo is the display of last year's proclamation with other municipality proclamations)

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