THE Pennsylvania House has declared 2012 "The Year of the Bible." An official government resolution now calls the Bible the "word of God" and defines a "national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures." The vote: 193-0.

If 2012 is the Year of the Bible, that means it can't be the Year of: God, Jesus, America, patriotism, jobs, puppies wearing flag bandanas, babies, and, of course, babies with jobs wearing flag pins.

Jokes aside, this sort of pandering is a problem. It implies that Pennsylvania has a state religion, which sends an unfriendly message to non-Christians. For all the resolution's talk about the importance of the Bible in the nation's founding, we read somewhere about a separation of church and state. Let's honor that, please.