. . . But not Ramadan. In America of all places. Seventeen House Democrats, to be more precise, have some explaining to do. But since they never will, I’ll do it for you. Here is what they are guilty of: Voting either nay or present on a House bill (H.R. 847) titled, “Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith,” after voting ‘Yes’ on a House bill (H.R. 635) titled, “Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan,” back in October.
Hmm. Well, the mythical wall of separation couldn’t be the issue here since they just unanimously passed H.R. 635, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.). As Tony Perkins puts it:
Perhaps these congressional scrooges took issue with the wording of the Christmas resolution. Or did they have a bigger problem rejecting “bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide”? Maybe they disagreed with the expression of their “deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world.”
Look at some of text of the Ramadan bill first. . .
Whereas Ramadan is the holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal for Muslims worldwide, and is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar year; and Whereas the observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan commenced at dusk on September 13, 2007, and continues for one lunar month: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives– (1) recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world; (2) expresses friendship and support for Muslims in the United States and worldwide; (3) acknowledges the onset of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and conveys its respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world on this occasion; (4) rejects hatred, bigotry, and violence directed against Muslims, both in the United States and worldwide; and (5) commends Muslims in the United States and across the globe who have privately and publicly rejected interpretations and movements of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence, and terror.
. . . Now observe the similarities in the Christmas bill:
Whereas Christmas, a holiday of great significance to Americans and many other cultures and nationalities, is celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world… Whereas on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ…Whereas many Christians and non-Christians throughout the United States and the rest of the world, celebrate Christmas as a time to serve others: Now, therefore be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives– (1) recognizes the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world; (2) expresses continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide; (3) acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith; (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; (5) rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide; and (6) expresses its deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world.
After last year’s elections, we learned that one of the biggest winners would be CAIR. Thanks to pro-jihad, CAIR supportering Democrats like John Conyers (D-MI), who penned pro-jihad masterpieces like House Resolution 288:
Conyers has also masterminded House Resolution 288, which condemns “religious intolerance” but clearly singles out Islam as needing special protection from such criticism. It states that “it should never be official policy of the United States Government to disparage the Quran, Islam, or any religion in any way, shape, or form,” and “calls upon local, State, and Federal authorities to work to prevent bias-motivated crimes and acts against all individuals, including those of the Islamic faith.”
Is it any wonder he didn’t vote in favor of the Christian resolution, but did support the Ramadan bill? There is no denying the CAIR and jihad network.
Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist blog, seems take issue with the Christmas legislation, but ignores the Ramadan bill.
Not to be outdone by any “War on Christmas,” Congressman Steve King (R-IA) introduced a House Resolution (#847) which would recognize “the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.”
No, really. Not kidding. It’s not a parody. Just a guy wasting our time with this worse-than-symbolic piece of legislation.
Here is a self-proclaimed Christian pastor criticizing the vote that helps his faith be recognized by government. And yet he contradicts himself in his stand against it.
Apparently — I’m not making this up — Christianity is under such dire threat in America (because apparently Walmart employees must say Happy Holidays) that Congress is getting into the fray and will vote on one of the silliest of resolutions ever. HR 847, sponsored by Steve King of Iowa and endorsed by a number of GOP reps calls for Congress to affirm the importance of Christianity and Christmas. Read it — if you can without laughing — and I say this as a Christian pastor. My goodness, what has Bill O’Reilly wrought?
But wait! What a surprise – this pastor supports Obama. He might have a theology degree, but he hasn’t learned what my first grader already knows about our country’s heritage. That is, that true freedom cannot exist without religion. Maybe he’s a Muslim in disguise since he doesn’t seem to poke fun at the Ramadan bill, but singles out the Christmas resolution to scoff at.
Even a Politico blogger thinks the Christmas bill is unnecessary. . .
As someone with a Christian background, I can safely say this may be the silliest resolution ever introduced by, or voted upon, by Congress, although I am a little curious to see if anyone will vote against it.
Do we really need Congress to say Christmas and the Christian faith are important?
. . . but must think the Ramadan resolution was absolutely necessary.
A fair warning: those of you who call yourselves Christians and choose to spend your valuable time pooh-poohing a blatant attack on
our common faith should realize your worldview has been fogged by secular forces. Siding with the viewpoint that you (hopefully!) preach against reveals either hypocrisy or ignorance on your part. Either way, this reveals a serious disconnect in your faith that needs to be addressed.
If the rationale behind this vote was to show the Islamic world not only that is America willing to keep trying to make nice with it (in hopes that the fringe elements will simply vanish), but also that, as a sign of our goodwill, we (in the form of these seventeen Representatives) will symbolically elevate it over the religion that provided America’s moral and theological foundation, then it is simply a move made out of a complete and utter ignorance of how our enemies view the world.