He’s dreaming of a Brown Christmas


The annual cultural debate over Christmas has come to Congress.

South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown, Jr. and 18 of his fellow House Republicans [OOPS! It was 17 Rethugs and 1 Democrat] this week introduced Resolution 951, which makes it clear that Christmas should not be watered down for political correctness.

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Quiz time, kids! Can you guess which one is the lone Democrat?

“I am troubled by the growing sentiment that the phrase β€˜Merry Christmas’ is not appropriate,” Brown said in a statement on his web site. “I am worried that attempts to celebrate a ‘politically correct’ holiday season may cause the loss of some of the traditions sacred to this widely celebrated holiday.”

Because saying Happy Holidays in order to respect people who don’t celebrate Christmas will be the end of civilization as we know it.

The nonbinding resolution states that it was never the intention of the Constitution’s authors to “prohibit any mention of religion or reference to God in civic dialog” when they prohibited the establishment of an official religion.

It goes on to say that the House “strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas,” and “expresses support for the use of… symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas.”

Because people are going house to house removing plastic Santa Clauses and inflatable reindeer from front yards and then going inside and pouring the eggnog down the drain.

“I believe it is important to preserve the right for everyone to worship as they believe,” Brown said. “As a Christian, I feel it is also important that I have the right to celebrate Christmas and observe its significance as a national holiday and I strongly believe that wishing someone ‘Merry Christmas’ should never be met with disapproval.”

And it’s important to shove it down the throats of everyone else. Stay tuned for Rep. Brown to offer a similar resolution when Ramadan comes around.

To further bring his point home, Brown commented that while Christmas is a national holiday, its true meaning is to “celebrate of the birth of Christ.”

Rethuglicans wouldn’t recognize the true meaning of Christmas if it kicked them in their asses, and a resolution won’t change that.

From Open Congress:

H.Res.951 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas.

Dec 8th Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Originally, there were 19 co-sponsors, but it looks like there are 44 now (from Open Congress). I guess there’s no more pressing business in the House now, like football playoffs or maybe health care. I’ll highlight the original 18 co-sponsors:

o Rep. Robert Aderholt [R, AL-4]
o Rep. Todd Akin [R, MO-2]
o Rep. Rodney Alexander [R, LA-5]
o Rep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6]
o Rep. Spencer Bachus [R, AL-6]
o Rep. James Barrett [R, SC-3]
o Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6]
o Rep. Brian Bilbray [R, CA-50]
o Rep. Rob Bishop [R, UT-1]
o Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R, TN-7]
o Rep. Virginia Brown-Waite [R, FL-5]
o Rep. John Carter [R, TX-31]
o Rep. Howard Coble [R, NC-6]
o Rep. Michael Conaway [R, TX-11]
o Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7]
o Rep. John Duncan [R, TN-2]
o Rep. Mary Fallin [R, OK-5]
o Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2]
o Rep. John Gingrey [R, GA-11]
o Rep. Louis Gohmert [R, TX-1]
o Rep. Robert Goodlatte [R, VA-6]
o Rep. Ralph Hall [R, TX-4]
o Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R, TX-5]
o Rep. Bob Inglis [R, SC-4]
o Rep. Darrell Issa [R, CA-49]
o Rep. Samuel Johnson [R, TX-3]
o Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3]
o Rep. Jim Jordan [R, OH-4]
o Rep. Jack Kingston [R, GA-1]
o Rep. Doug Lamborn [R, CO-5]
o Rep. Kenny Marchant [R, TX-24]
o Rep. Jerry Moran [R, KS-1]
o Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R, TX-19]
o Rep. Joseph Pitts [R, PA-16]
o Rep. Bill Posey [R, FL-15]
o Rep. Phil Roe [R, TN-1]
o Rep. Harold Rogers [R, KY-5]
o Rep. Steve Scalise [R, LA-1]
o Rep. John Shadegg [R, AZ-3]
o Rep. John Shimkus [R, IL-19]
o Rep. Mark Souder [R, IN-3]
o Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5]
o Rep. Zach Wamp [R, TN-3]
o Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA-3]


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34 responses to “He’s dreaming of a Brown Christmas

  1. First – This is a pet peeve of mine. Since when did “Happy Holidays” become a snub of Christians? It was a common saying when I was a kid, people used it to cover the “holiday season,” running roughly from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, which includes Christmas and Hanukkah. What’s the big deal?

    Second – Why can’t we just accept each others’ greetings as they’re given? Why does it have to be a snub of some kind? Someone wishing a “merry Christmas” isn’t trying to attack you (usually … there are exceptions the past few years), and someone wishing you “happy holidays” really just wants to give a seasonally-appropriate well-wish.

    This crap gets my goat, every year. I tick off other Christians by saying that the whole war on the “war on Christmas” is beyond stupid.

    • i can’t believe that billo allowed himself to be beaten to the punch by these guys. then again, i don’t watch bill0, so maybe his war on xmas shtick has already started again.

      i can’t understand why happy holidays is considered some kind of snub either, wickle. i think it’s very respectful of everyone. as someone who doesn’t celebrate xmas, i appreciate it when someone is considerate enough to say happy holidays instead of merry xmas.

      there is no war on xmas. there’s only a battle to be the first to pander to the religious right.

      • I’m especially disgusted by the people who say “Merry Christmas” but actually mean “Screw you!” because they’re not wishing you well so much as daring you to object.

        That’s keeping Christ in Christmas, ain’t it?

        • merry xmas has as much meaning as have a nice day when it’s bandied about by people who don’t know you. it’s just something people say to put a period at the end of a sentence. store clerks don’t really care what kind of holiday you have, and it’s presumptuous to assume that the customer they are speaking to celebrates xmas. if they have to say something, happy holidays shouldn’t make any uncomfortable, so why not use it or nothing at all?

          • Actually, I’ve waded into this turf on someone else’s Christian blog.

            What I was told was that it’s not so much the lip service they want as to resist the political correctness.

            I think I was banned after I asked, “Are you sure it’s not just good manners?” and then “What if the Jewish cashier wishes you ‘Happy Hanukkah’ or the Muslim cashier wishes you ‘Happy Ramadan’ when it’s that time of year?”

            I then said something about having a chip on one’s shoulder …

            • i’ll bet that didn’t end well. people like that can’t imagine what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes. they’re like the people who have health insurance and have no empathy for those who can’t afford to see a doctor. they’re so entrenched in their own rightness that they can’t see anything from anyone else’s viewpoint.

  2. Oy vey….I’m just glad I’m Jewish and idiotic things like this don’t bother me.

    • they bother me, because i’m sick and tired of people trying to force their religious beliefs on everyone else. when someone wishes me a merry xmas, i smile and say thank you, but i don’t celebrate xmas. have a happy holiday.

      • I just say there are more important things in life to get upset over than people wishing others a Merry Christmas. Just reply back with “Happy Hanukkah”! πŸ™‚

        • writechic

          That’s right! It’s time to bust out the menorah! (And I’m not Jewish…but my sons tell all the little fundamentalists at their school they they’re Jewish just to fuck with ’em. My boys also play a mean game of dreidel. πŸ™‚ )

        • of course there are more important things to get upset over, but when congress is wasting time over this crap, i think everyone should be upset. i still believe there should be a wide separation between church and state.

  3. geez53

    Oh…….. scroogie9999……… they have a point.

    We could loose our sacred traditions of maxing-out our credit cards, wallowing in unbridled materialism, not to mention the shame and guilt of giving an unsuitable gift (not expensive enough or not seen on TV).


    Besides, Christ was not born on a previously pagan holiday. But what does that minor detail matter?

    Good work as always. Merry X-mas. ;}

    • geez!!! πŸ˜€ it’s been forevah since you’ve been here!

      you’re right. i shouldn’t mess with the sacredness of overspending. what was i thinking?

      merry xmas to you, geez. love, scroogie9999 πŸ˜‰

    • Don’t forget gluttony!

      That’s another great Christian tradition brought on by Christmas.

      … and I’ll bet you thought it was a deadly sin!

      • i remember years ago watching henry hyde at a hearing. he was questioning a woman who had an abortion, because her baby was going to be born in horrible pain and die soon after birth. it was very obvious that she was devastated, but he was absolutely horrible to her. he was on his high horse, going on and on about how murder was a sin. i don’t know how she kept from cursing him. i remember thinking that, if it was me he was screaming at, i would have said to him that gluttony was a sin, too. he was such a despicable excuse for a human being. he had not one ounce of compassion for that poor woman. not sure if this was before or after he went after clinton. of course, his own adultery was just a youthful indiscretion. so what if he was in his forties at the time and both he and his mistress were married.

  4. sardonyx

    I knew even before you printed the list: Danny Davis of Illinois is the Democrat on that list of shame. Tsk.

    • sar! i thought your power went out. what a nice surprise to see you over here. πŸ™‚

      what in the picture tipped you off that he was the democrat? πŸ˜‰

      • sardonyx

        My power came back: an hour instead of two and a half. Surprised the heck out of me. πŸ™‚

        It actually wasn’t the picture, it was the name. He’s a known Democrat.

        • i hope your heat is not electric.

          the game isn’t any fun when you look at the names! you were supposed to figure out from the picture who was definitely not a rethug in the house. πŸ˜‰

          • sardonyx

            My heat isn’t electric, it’s oil forced hot air. It’s the air forcing part that doesn’t work. Fortunately, the blower’s running just fine…

            Oh, it would have been pretty easy to guess from the picture: his was the only non-white face there. Of course, if you’d had a reason to include Mikey Steele or Clarence Thomas, that might have confused the issue…

  5. This is an even bigger waste of time than the GOP bill in the Michigan legislature to allow conceal carry on campus. At least that would actually do something, no matter how stupid and dangerous.

    • funny how they never have time to read health care bills and stuff like that, but they always have time for this kind of crap, football playoffs, and steroids in baseball. πŸ™„

  6. Happy RamadanHanukKwanzzSolstiMas !!!

    How’s that for PC ?

  7. Last merry xmas was in 1963. They’ve been crap since. Imagine my shock of seeing Marchant (Tx24) on that list. Crap, now I have to buy him a present!

  8. Sorry I’m late, I’ve been out trickortreatin’. ( I went as Ernie the Muppet as a heroin addict dressed like Santa Claus with a plastic AK47 assault rifle, and I have to say, there is no holiday spirit out thereβ€” Christmas or otherwise.)
    But I appreciate that list of jaggoffs, Nonnie; I think they all need a visit from jolly old Saint Ernie Claus.