Thursday, December 10, 2009

It’s Wing-Nut War on Christmas Time Again

It started before Halloween on Faux Noise, and now its back in Congress again.

war-on-christmas In late October, Congress passed a resolution honoring the birthday of Chinese philosopher Confucius. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) blasted the Democratic leadership for wasting Congress’ time:

While Democrats get ready to celebrate the birth of an ancient Chinese philosopher, House Republicans will talk about our better solutions to create jobs and make health care more affordable and accessible for America’ s seniors. It is unacceptable for Congress to take it easy at a time when the nation’s unemployment rate is nearing 10 percent and millions of out-of-work families struggling to make ends meet are asking, “where are the jobs?”

But Steve Benen points out that 19 Republican members have now introduced an important resolution to…honor Christmas:

Whereas Christmas is a national holiday celebrated on December 25; and

Whereas the Framers intended that the First Amendment of the Constitution, in prohibiting the establishment of religion, would not prohibit any mention of religion or reference to God in civic dialog: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas;

(2) strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas; and

(3) expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas… [emphasis original]

Inserted from <Think Progress>

Repuglicans are the masters at obstructing real issues by wasting time on non issues,


Lisa G. said...

How many time have they brought up this fake 'War on Christmas' bullshit? What about the hundreds of similar stupid resolutions that they proposed when they were in control. See IOIYAR.

Infidel753 said...

strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas;

Has anyone actually ever attempted to ban them, as opposed to banning unconstitutional displays of religious symbols on government property?

Confucius may have been a nutcase but at least he actually existed.

TomCat said...

Amen, Lisa.

Infidel, the establishment clause protects references to Christmas, and to my knowledge, while some of the wing-nuts our our side of the political spectrum might prefer it, there have been no serious attempts to ban such references.