From POLITICAL HOTSHEET at CBS NEWS:
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.
Quiz time, kids! Can you guess which one is the lone Democrat?
“I am troubled by the growing sentiment that the phrase ‘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]