Lobbying and Legislative Committees
1973 Business Resolution
WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association was recently targeted for a repressive act by the United States federal government in the form of the invasion of the privacy of the Association and its members through the attempted seizure of the bank records of the Unitarian Universalist Association as part of the United States government's effort to harass the Association for the publication of The Pentagon Papers; and
WHEREAS, the branch of the United States federal government most capable of protecting the constitutional liberties of the citizens and institutions of the United States is the Congress;
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1973 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urges that the societies of the Unitarian Universalist Association in the United States, through its Department of Education and Social Concern and its joint Washington Office, undertake an active program of education and lobbying for the repeal of repressive laws such as the provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act which permits agents of government to probe into the private financial affairs of United States citizens, churches, and voluntary associations without even the formality of a subpoena; establish legislative committees to press for legislation protecting constitutional freedoms; and work with other groups toward the same ends.