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• 19 Democrats vote NO to Christmas! (Updated)

Christmas. Or should I say the “War On Christmas!” The “War On Terror” is just a bumper sticker but the “War On Christmas” is now a legislative reality.

Yesterday on Capital Hill there was a vote, actually several votes regarding observances of several religious holidays.

Excerpts from three recent House resolutions regarding religious observances:

RAMADAN
HR 635: “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.”
Approved 376-0

DIWALI
HR 747: “Acknowledges the onset of Diwali and expresses its deepest respect to Indian Americans and the Indian Diaspora throughout the world on this significant occasion.”
Approved 358-0

CHRISTMAS
HR 847: “Acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.”
Approved 372-9

Whoa, wait a minute… What was the vote on that last one? This couldn’t be right… 372-9?

Surprise surprise, several Democrats drew the line at recognizing Christmas.

Nine Democrats voted No – Ackerman, Clarke, DeGette, Hastings (FL), Lee, McDermott, Scott (VA), Stark and Woolsey.

10 Democrats and 1 Republican voted “Present.” – Conyers, Frank (MA), Holt, Payne, Schakowsky, Schwartz, Wasserman Schultz, Welch (VT) and Yarmuth (Which to ME is the same as voting no).

This is interesting because of this group 17 of the 18 D’s above voted FOR the resolution honoring Ramadan!

What the hell? This vote wasn’t to get extra days off, or to funnel government funds into buying Christmas trees or more ornaments for the White House Christmas tree, it was simply to recognize that Christmas is important to CHRISTIANS! I find it hard to believe that the Democrats listed above could possibly represent the people that they were elected to represent. The people in their districts should be outside of their offices pelting the buildings with ornaments and fruitcakes. The left is constantly misrepresenting the people of this country and the idea that anyone could vote against what is obviously the holiday observed by the majority of Americans is INCONCEIVABLE!

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Update:
To prove that my comment was true that this is “nothing more than a branch of the Bush-Derangement Syndrom Tree. Hate the right no matter what. Hate Christians because they live their lives by the word of God not the word of the government.” From the Seattle PI

McDermott said the resolution was a Republican tactic designed to draw attention from pressing issues in Congress, including legislation to boost funding of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP. President Bush vetoed a bill Thursday that would have expanded the program.

McDermott supported House resolutions this fall to recognize the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Diwali, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. He drew the line at Christmas, he said, because the resolution only stated “obvious facts” that Christianity was the predominant faith in the U.S. and that many Christians and non-Christians celebrated Christmas.

“It’s Christmas time. There’re lots of Christians in the U.S. Hurray for Christmas. It’s ridiculous,” McDermott said, giving his take on the resolution.

Rather than “wasting time on this stuff,” he said, people should be protesting Bush’s vetoes of expanding health insurance for children.

“We’re talking about Christmas, and we do not care about kids in the state of Washington,” McDermott said.

H/T Hot Air

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7 Comments

  1. jonolan says:

    Ed,

    You might want to modify this post just a bit. I looked up the voting record for HR 635 – 41 Republicans and1 Democrat voted “present”, which you equate with “Nay.” That might cause some to invalidate your premise.

    On HR 847 10 Democrats and 1 Republican voted “Present.”

    Just pointing out the numbers to avoid nastier folks doing so…

    Source:

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2007-928

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2007-1143

    The 9 “Nays” are still just so wrong – f**king Dhimmicrats!

  2. Ed says:

    Your point has been duly noted and adjustments have been made. Thanks for the catch!

  3. in2thefray says:

    UUUUuggghhhh!!!!!! You’ve got to be kidding me. And not for nothing since these votes are essentially window dressing how the hell does one just vote present ?? Just say yea and actually give a damn about the beliefs your country and constituency are all about. Nice catch.

  4. jonolan says:

    Sometimes they vote Present as a statement that this is a frivolous resolution. If you’re in attendance at the vote you have to vote Yea, Nay or Present – you can’t abstain because these are roll-call votes. Well theoretically you could but you’d be listed as not present for the vote.

  5. Ed says:

    It’s not that they voted no. Well it is, but indirectly. The problem that I have is that they bothered to vote yes on the others and no on what is a beloved Christian holiday. It’s a poor statement for the mindset of the left. Hate the right even if it makes you wrong.

    Personally I am agnostic. I do not follow organized religion. However the ideals that the Christian religion (and certainly others) try and hand down to their followers to emulate are rightous ones and are basically just good rules to live by. So I don’t knock someone for having faith. I actually respect it as I don’t have a whole lot of faith in anything myself. But for the left to spit in the face of our founding fathers who came here for freedom from tyranical kings and corrupt theocracies, who believed that we are given rights endowed by our creator, is sickening.

    That being said, this is a sick display of a branch of the Bush-Derangement Syndrom Tree. Hate the right no matter what. Hate Christians because they live their lives by the word of God not the word of the government.

  6. [...] Ed Gruberman has a post on a recent vote in congress to recognize several religious holidays of various faiths.  RAMADAN HR 635: “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.” Approved 376-0 [...]

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