Great Moments in Legistlative Action

by alphamonkey on December 12, 2007 · 5 comments

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On Monday House Resolution 847 was brought to the floor of Congress for the simple purpose of defining the most important issue of our day. As befitting a piece of legislation this important, the resolution passed 372-9, with 40 no-votes and 9 votes of ‘present’.

So what exactly was this basis for this important resolution? Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.


The full text of the Resolution in the extended.

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 Christians identify themselves as those who believe in the salvation from sin offered to them through the sacrifice of their savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and who, out of gratitude for the gift of salvation, commit themselves to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible;

Whereas Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization;

Whereas the United States, being founded as a constitutional republic in the traditions of western civilization, finds much in its history that points observers back to its roots in Christianity;

Whereas on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ;

Whereas for Christians, Christmas is celebrated as a recognition of God’s redemption, mercy, and Grace; and

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.”

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  • Lonnie

    Good to know that pointless grandstanding isn’t about this year’s Congress…

  • elkciN

    I love the ‘historical significance’ of Christmas part. You know, being as it started as a Pagan Holiday celebrated by the Romans, and according to the Bible itself, Jesus wasn’t even born in winter.

    Thankfully, someone finally took the time to recognize Christianity, though. Such an obscure group, it’s about time someone noticed.

  • Adam

    I like how there is condemnation of bigotry only when it is against Christians, and not all people. Ridiculous.

  • Just Plain Bob


    both islam and a hindu holiday i can’t remember right now have similar bills in both house and senate, which passed long before this one. if you like, i’ll track them down.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Yah, they passed a Ramadan resolution in October, though I wouldn’t begin to know what to reference to find a Hindu one.

    I find those equally ridiculous, especially considering how staggering the slate of real and actually important issues is that rests on their shoulders.

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