Claim: By proclamation of Governor
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
Throughout the world, people of all religions recognize Jesus Christ as an example of love, compassion, sacrifice and service. Reaching out to the poor, the suffering and the marginalized, he provided moral leadership that continues to inspire countless men, women and children today.
To honor his life and teachings, Christians of all races and denominations have joined together to designate
I urge all Texans to answer the call to serve those in need. By volunteering their time, energy or resources to helping others, adults and youngsters follow Christ’s message of love and service in thought and deed.
Therefore, I, George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim
Origins: Yes, it’s true. Texas Governor George W. Bush signed a memorandum on
“challenges people to follow Christ’s example by performing good works in their communities and neighborhoods.”
The proclamation was viewable in the Governor’s section of the web site for the State of Texas, but only the last few months’ proclamations are kept on the site, so this one is no longer available. Luckily, PBS has a copy housed on its site.
Note, however, that Governor Bush did not simply decide to create an arbitrary ‘Jesus Day’ for the State of Texas. His proclamation was issued in support of a national celebration of Jesus Day, an annual event supported by proclamations from other governors and mayors throughout America as well.
Last updated: 15 July 2007