American Minute with Bill Federer
A Joint Resolution of the 97th Congress, signed by Speaker Tip O’Neil and President of the
Senate Strom Thurmond, declared “A Year of the Bible.”
President Reagan signed the Proclamation this day October 4, 1982, stating:
“Now, therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in
recognition of the contributions and influence of the Bible on our Republic and our
people, do hereby proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible in the United States.
I encourage all citizens, each in his or her own way, to reexamine and rediscover its
priceless and timeless message.”
Similarly, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 25, 1945, wrote the prologue of a
special edition of the New Testament distributed to millions of soldiers during World War
“To the Armed Forces: As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the
reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States.
Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred
Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration.
It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest
aspirations of the human soul.”