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Re: [humanism-174] House passes H.R. 857, 'Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith'

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 7:58 PM
Yeah... they're scared!
 
I'm not surprised, considering that 90% of congress are either corporate puppets or special-interest group puppets. Conservative Christians may be the largest special-interest group in the U.S.?
 
I assume this is a non-binding resolution- if not it would be in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.
 
What about Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Baha'i, Wiccans, Atheists, Agnostics, etc., etc.? Not important, ay?
 
(5) interests me most. Would the following statement be considered bigotry?
 
"I believe the Christian religion to be very silly. I could never bring myself to believe in such nonsense."
 
 
 


 
On Dec 18,[masked]:54 AM, Beth <[address removed]> wrote:
The following is an excerpt taken from Mano Singham's Web Journal
Mano Singham is a theoretical physicist, a twice-published author, and the current director of UCITE at Case Western Reserve University.

And this is absolutely ridiculous.

The absurdity of 'defending Christmas' in the US of all places reached a new low when the US House of Representatives actually passed a bill on December 11, 2007 "Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith". (Thanks to Ross for alerting me to this.)

The text of the bill starts by listing all the reasons why Christianity is so wonderful ("contributed greatly to the development of western civilization", yadda, yadda, yadda) and then goes on:



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."

The vote on the bill was 372 in favor, 9 against, 10 voting 'present', and 40 not voting.




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