The following is the text of a Texas official memorandum that declares June 10, 2000 "Jesus Day." The proclamation, issued by Gov. George W. Bush, has garnered criticism from non-Christians, who claim that the statement is insensitive.
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 June 10 as Jesus Day. As part of this celebration of unity, they are taking part in the 10th annual March for Jesus in cities throughout the Lone Star State. The march, which began in Austin in 1991, is now held in nearly 180 countries. Jesus Day challenges people to follow Christ's example by performing good works in their communities and neighborhoods. By nursing the sick, feeding the poor, or volunteering in homeless shelters, everyone can play a role in making the world a better place.
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 June 10, 2000 Jesus Day in Texas and urge the appropriate recognition whereof.