Congressman Wants Christmas “Protected”
By Vic Tanner
On 08 December 2009, Representative Henry Brown (R-SC) introduced H Rev. 951, a resolution to protect the “symbols and traditions of Christmas”. The text of the resolution is as follows:
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas.
Whereas Christmas is a national holiday celebrated on December 25; and
Whereas the Framers intended that the First Amendment of the Constitution, in prohibiting the establishment of religion, would not prohibit any mention of religion or reference to God in civic dialog:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas;
(2) strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas; and
(3) expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas.
The resolution is co-sponsored by 74 other Representatives, including Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann. It has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. No further action has been taken.