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House resolution defends Christmas
upi ^ | Dec. 21, 2013

Posted on 12/22/2013 7:11:30 AM PST by JoeProBono

WASHINGTON, A group of U.S. lawmakers have introduced a resolution defending Christmas from grinches who might otherwise prefer to do away with holiday displays.

A non-binding House resolution introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., states the chamber would "strongly [disapprove] of attempts to ban references to Christmas."

The measure is supported by 36 cosponsors, including two Democrats, Reps. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.

"The Founding Fathers never intended for references to God and religion to be prohibited in civic dialogue. Despite this, our freedom to fully recognize Christmas is being attacked by a vocal and litigious minority," Lamborn told ABC News in an email. "That is why I have introduced House Resolution 448, a bipartisan effort ... calling on Congress to protect the traditional symbols of Christmas for use by the vast majority of Americans who do acknowledge the holiday."

Rahall, one of the two Democrats, said he supported the measure because it's important for Americans to know they can publicly talk about their faith.

"To substituting time-honored greetings like 'Merry Christmas' with empty phrases such as 'Happy Holidays' -- I say bah humbug," Rahall said in a statement. "There's nothing wrong with publicly recognizing the religious nature and true meaning of Christmas, especially for a nation like ours founded on the principles of religious freedom and free speech."

Christmas -- and other religion's holidays -- recently got a boost when House Administration Committee Chairwoman Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., overturned a rule prohibiting members from making overt references to religious holidays in official taxpayer-funded correspondences with constituents.

"In the past, including any form of a holiday greeting was banned ... this new commonsense policy allows members to share their holiday wishes with constituents in otherwise official communications," Miller said. "I feel it is entirely appropriate for members of Congress to include a simple holiday salutation, whether it is Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and so on."

TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: christmas; congress

1 posted on 12/22/2013 7:11:30 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
I Can't Believe They Let You Do That!
2 posted on 12/22/2013 7:25:44 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

My bad... I first read it as “House Resolution deFUNDs Christmas.” Sadly, all too believable.

3 posted on 12/22/2013 7:26:38 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: JoeProBono

I am not amused with their useless antics. Despite the honest and heartfelt actions that should have begotten this, I can only think of this juxtaposed with their traitorous and cowardly performance in that House when we are at the precipice of devastation of our Republic.

Screw them.

4 posted on 12/22/2013 7:28:38 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: JoeProBono

House resolution defends Christmas

MSWNBC compares House to Taliban

5 posted on 12/22/2013 7:52:48 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: JoeProBono
Democrats are gonna h8.

6 posted on 12/22/2013 7:55:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JoeProBono

Christmas in the Mountains echoes Valley Forge,
Christmas Echoes the Cold winters of our grandfathers,
Christmas Echoes Forever the Blessings of our Country,
Echoes the Cold Christmas, America`s Victory At the
Battle of Bastogne,
Christmas Echoes forever, Forever in our Hearts...

69TH Anniversary of The Battling Bastards of Bastogne

333rd Field Artillery Battalion - The Black Battalion[edit]

Main article: 333rd Field Artillery Battalion (United States)

A rarity in the World War II era American Army, the 333rd Battalion a combat unit composed entirely of African American soldiers, led by white officers. At the start of the Battle of the Bulge, the 333rd was attached to the 106th Infantry Division. Prior to the German offensive, the 106th division was tasked with holding a 26 mile long length of the front, despite the Army Field manual stating that a single infantry division could hold no more than 5 miles of front.[8] As a result in the initial days of the assault, two of the division’s three over stretched regiments were brushed aside by the Wehrmacht, yielding 6000 prisoners. The 333rd was badly affected, losing nearly 50% of its soldiers including its commanding officer. Eleven of its soldiers were cut off from the rest of the unit and attempted to escape German capture, but were massacred on sight by the Waffen SS. The remnants of the battalion retreated to Bastogne were they linked up the 101st.[8] The vestiges of the 333rd were attached it its sister unit the 969th Battalion.

Racism was rampant in the United States Army, with most white soldiers believing that “Negros” had neither the intelligence nor the will to serve on the front lines[9] However, the situation at Bastogne was so desperate, there was no time for racism.[8] The remains of the 333rd were given carbines and assigned to defend the city. Having full knowledge that Nazi ideology regarded blacks as sub-human Untermensch and knowing that if they surrendered or captured they, keeping with Wehrmacht doctrine, would be shot on sight; the 333rd had no alternative but fight for survival. Despite low supplies of food and ammunition, and being limited to only 10 artillery rounds per day, the 333rd fought tenaciously, successfully holding their sector of the front despite repeated German assaults. For their heroism, the 333rd was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.[8]

7 posted on 12/22/2013 9:52:27 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: JoeProBono

Isn’t Congress out of session until January? So when were they going to vote on this vital piece of legislation?

8 posted on 12/22/2013 9:56:48 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Gaffer

I have to concur with their useless antics. If you want to make a statement start voting to eliminate jurist chairs that interpret the constitution for marxist ends. Dang it Gaffer...I was having a good day now I am irritated.

9 posted on 12/22/2013 12:08:05 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Nuc 1.1

It’s okay to be irritated. I’m more than irritated. I’m tired of politicians (many, many RINOs) using hot button issues at the most opportune time to make us all think they’re not RINOs.

My two Georgia Senators are two of the most conniving traitorous RINOs in the bunch, and they will never pass up a chance to pull off a ‘show vote’ so they can come home and lie to us about how great they are. My supposed conservative congressman just voted for a new 2-year budget that removes the sequestration (along with both of those fine Senators). It wouldn’t surprise me if he voted for this Christmas Resolution, and I’ll see all about it in his newsletter.

Where are these guys’ pronouncements on how they’re not going to allow amnesty, where they’re not going to go further into debt, or how they are going to get Obamacare replaced.

I believe that Christ, Christmas and my religion can take care of itself. Nothing they say or do will change it, and I’d rather have my elected representatives up there doing me what they told me they’d do to get me to vote for them.

10 posted on 12/23/2013 3:45:00 AM PST by Gaffer
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