Protect Christmas Bill?

A new bill to protect the traditions of Christmas has been introduced by Representative Henry Brown ( R-SC) into the US Congress on 12.8.09

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.

Protect Christmas? Mmmm, yes, I see. The world has suddenly been transformed into a Rankin and Bass claymation holiday special. The evil Heat Miser will soon come into town to melt all the holiday snow …. oops, I mean Christmas snow.

I get a feeling this bill could easily be crossing more than a few church/state separation lines.

Text of Bill

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.

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.

Definitely an odd bill written by some one with a pretty tenuous grasp of the first amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

Meaning, taking a neutral stance. Pretty simple, neither helping nor hindering. This bill would be helping and would thereby not be neutral.

Not to mention, most of the atrocious offenses against Christmas, at least the ones that I’ve seen causing boycotts by religious groups, are just businesses that decide to express inclusive messages during the holidays. Not really a lot a government bill can do about that without micro-managing private industry.

Silly, silly stuff.

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4 Comments on “Protect Christmas Bill?”

  1. John Says:

    I always thought it funny that strict fundamentalist christians aren’t into Xmas at all. Apart from the fact there is no mention of celebrating Xmas as the “holiest day of the year” as one weasel on Fox News put it a few years ago, they also point out that the only birthdays mentioned in the bible are those where something terrible happened.

    1. Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, celebrated his birthday by executing his chief baker (Gen. 40:1-23)

    2. In the second account, the New Testament figure Herod reluctantly ordered the beheading of John the Baptist (Matt. 14:3-11). Notice verse six: “But when Herod’s birthday was kept…” During the dancing and merry-making at his birthday party, Herod got carried away and eventually made a promise that he did not want to keep.

    I left out the usual example from the Book of Job because there isn’t much of a “smoking gun” verse found outside of careful study and inference.


  2. Actually, its a resolution not a bill…thus it has no legal standing.
    But the fact that it is even being offered up as a reslution to the house is more evidence that the letter “R” after a congressman’s name pretty much infers he’s a fuckin moron theist.


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