It would take more than 9 Grinch to steal Christmas, but right now we are at 9 and still counting. Most have heard by now of the Congressional resolution endorsing Christmas with an official recognition. I heard bits and pieces, but it didn’t sink in until Debbie Chavez mention it on KGMI. Well there were in fact 9 Democrats who I lovingly refer to as Grinch, who opposed the resolution.
- Diana DeGette of Colorado
- Alcee Hastings of Florida
- Gary Ackerman of New York
- Yvette Clarke of New York
- Barbara Lee of California
- Pete Stark of California
- Lynn Woolsey of California.
- Bobby Scott of Virginia
- and our own …. Jim McDermott of Washington
That’s 9 against for now, but the “and counting” gives recognition to 9 other Democrats and one Republican who neither voted for nor against the resolution. Who knows, maybe by next year there will be 19 Grinch and hopefully 1 less psuedo-Republican.
Here is a bit about our homegrown that is from the Seattle PI’s McDermott: Christmas vote was jab at bill’s GOP sponsor
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 is the predominant faith in the U.S. and that many Christians and non-Christians celebrate Christmas.
“It’s Christmas time. There are lots of Christians in the U.S. Hurray for Christmas. It’s ridiculous,” McDermott said, giving his take on the resolution.
He claims some political motivation for his vote, but you know he didn’t get his “Bahgdad Jim” nickname for nothing. I wonder if he sends out Christmas cards?
Anyway to the facts.
Here are a few bits from each resolution. It’s enough to show the commonality between all 3 and I’ve put in the links so you can read the whole kit and caboodle. It’s nice to read them one after the other with the Christmas resolution last. Then sit back and think about how stupid this makes the Democratic Party look.
H. Res. 635: Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal
Whereas it is estimated that there are approximately 1,500,000,000 Muslims worldwide;
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 during this time of conflict, in order to demonstrate solidarity with and support for members of the community of Islam in the United States and throughout the world, the House of Representatives–
- recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world;
- expresses friendship(2) in observance of and support for Muslims in the United States and worldwide;
H. Res. 747: Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali
Whereas Diwali, a festival of great significance to Indian Americans and the people of India, is celebrated annually by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains throughout the United States and the world;
Whereas for Jains, Diwali marks the anniversary of the attainment of moksha or liberation by Mahavira, the last of the Tirthankaras, who were the great teachers of Jain dharma, at the end of his life in 527 B.C.: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
- during this time of celebration, in order to demonstrate support for Indian Americans and the Indian Diaspora throughout the world, recognizes Diwali as an important festival;
- acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of the festival of Diwali;
H. Res. 847: Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith
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 there are approximately 225,000,000 Christians in the United States, making Christianity the religion of over three-fourths of the American population;
Whereas there are approximately 2,000,000,000 Christians throughout the world, making Christianity the largest religion in the world and the religion of about one-third of the world population;
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–
- recognizes the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world;
- expresses continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide;
- acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith;