It is a question I wondered when I first learned that only member of the House of Representatives voted against the resolution, in effect voting against the freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment.
The Representative has posted the following answer to his web site (with my emphasis):
The resolution did nothing for the troops?! Representative Enyart clearly does not understood the fundamental importance of religious liberty.
The bill I voted against is a prime example of the hypocrisy we see every day in Washington DC. This bill did nothing for the troops. All it does is provide political cover for people who won’t do their jobs. And that’s the Congress.
I was elected and sent to Washington DC to get a job done. Standing idly by while our government is shut down and Southern Illinoisans are being hurt, is NOT leadership.
As His Holiness Benedict XVI reminded us in his Message for the 44th World Day of Peace:
Without the acknowledgement of his spiritual being, without openness to the transcendent, the human person withdraws within himself, fails to find answers to the heart's deepest questions about life's meaning, fails to appropriate lasting ethical values and principles, and fails even to experience authentic freedom and to build a just society.What is more:
...the laws and institutions of a society cannot be shaped in such a way as to ignore the religious dimension of its citizens or to prescind completely from it. Through the democratic activities of citizens conscious of their lofty calling, those laws and institutions must adequately effect the authentic nature of the person and support its religious dimension. Since the latter is not a creation of the state, it cannot be manipulated by the state, but must rather be acknowledged and respected by it.