Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Stupid and Wrongheaded "Christmas" Resolution Passes Overwhelmingly

So the House passed a resolution by Steve King "Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith"

It passed overwhelmingly, with 372 YEA, 9 NAY and 10 PRESENT

It was mostly bland and non-controversial, except for these parts:

Whereas Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization;

Whereas the United States, being founded as a constitutional republic in the traditions of western civilization, finds much in its history that points observers back to its roots in Christianity;

and this part

(4) acknowledges and supports the role played by Christians and Christianity in the founding of the United States and in the formation of the western civilization;

Sadly, only 18 Democrats (and oddly, Mike Pence) were willing to vote NAY or PRESENT (I don't care which, I just find YEA offensive).

Most of the founding fathers were Deists or even agnostics (Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson), not Christians, and Christianity had no part in the founding of this country. As a Jew, I'm offended that they passed this. Western civilization really got off to a start when non-Church learning was disseminated during the Renaissance.

Thankfully, my Representative, Rush Holt, was one of the few with the courage to oppose this resolution.

The others included African-American members of Congress (who probably have an issue with Christianity-sanctioned enslavement of their ancestors being a contribution to Western civilization) Yvette Clarke, Alcee Hastings, Barbara Lee, Bobby
Scott, John Conyers and Donald Payne, atheist Congressman Pete Stark, Jewish members of Congress Gary Ackerman, Barney Frank, Jan Schakowsky, Allyson Schwartz, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and John Yarmuth, as well as progressive white Christians Rush Holt, Jim McDermott, Diane DeGette, Lynn Woolsey and Peter Welch.

I want to say that I'm very disappointed with the Jewish Democratic members of Congress who voted for this tripe.

Shame on them.

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