H RES 847 - Because we have to pander to Christians, don't we?

Can you believe it? I bet you can. I actually bet most people don't really mind it either. But the House of Representatives voted to officially recognize the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.

I will admit, Christmas is a great time. In fact, it's the most wonderful time of the year. Or so they sing. But I would really like to know why the House would opt to recognize one religion for its beliefs and not the others? Are we pandering to the religious right? Are we trying to send a message to radical Islamic fundamentalists? Are we further blurring the lines between Church and State?

Where is the official support of Judaism? How about Buddhism? The Baha'i? The Pagans?

There wouldn't be Christmas without Judaism or Paganism. The Christian Bible was built upon the foundation of the Torah and a large majority of Christmas tradition comes from Paganism!

So tell me, Democratic Congressmen who happen to read this; Explain your vote. Tell me why you felt compelled to promote one religion over the other.

And your answer better be damn good.


Barney Frank gets it right

From the news today:

On the House side of the Capitol, Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, had his own curious Christmas speech to give. Mr. Frank, who is Jewish, took to the floor on Tuesday to apologize for abstaining from a vote on a resolution about the Christmas holiday. Or rather he apologized for not similarly abstaining from an earlier vote about the Muslim holiday Ramadan.

Mr. Frank said he had been concerned that the Christmas resolution improperly mixed government and religion by making statements about the role of Christianity in the United States.

Later, he said, he realized that he had supported a resolution earlier in the year congratulating people for observing Ramadan when he should have abstained from that, as well.

“It is really none of the business of the Congress of the United States as an official body whether or not people celebrate religious holidays; our job is to preserve a free society,” he said. “So I will announce in the future that I will not applaud people for Ramadan or for Christmas, for Yom Kippur or for any of the other holidays.”

He concluded, “Let’s leave religious holidays in peace.”

This is absolutely the correct position for an elected official to take with regard to these odious bills.

Religious dogma must have no place in government.

Political dogma must have no place in Religion. ...... but then again ..... I'm sort of an idealist.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Barney Frank

Thank you, Anglico, for pointing out these recent comments by Barney Frank. He's right. He is absolutely right, and I admire him for this and other stances.

Euripides exaggerated

Euripides exaggerated

Whenever we see anyone behaving properly

we really do need to celebrate that courage and spread the word. Maybe other elected officials will see the wisdom of this honest commentary and respond accordingly.