December 13, 2007

Why The Disparity?

On October 2, 2007, the House passed a resolution by a vote of 376-0. In it, the House of Representatives

"recognize[d] the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world" and "acknowledge[d] the onset of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and convey[ed] its respect to Muslims," as well as commending those who reject hatred.

On October 29, 2007, the House passed a resolution by a vote of 358-0. In this resolution, the House of Representatives

"in order to demonstrate support for Indian Americans and the Indian Diaspora throughout the world, recognize[d] Diwali as an important festival."

And on December 11, 2007 the House passed a resolution by a vote of 372-9. In it, the House of Representatives

recognize[d] "the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world" and acknowledge[d] "the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith."

Are you as scandalized as I am by those nine votes against Christmas by members of the United States House of Representatives -- each of whom had voted in favor of at least one of those two previous resolutions? Why do these nine individuals disrespect Christmas and Christianity? Why do they refuse to give equal treatment to the faith of the overwhelming majority of Americans even as they profess their respect for the religion of America's Islamist enemies at a time when terrorists are killing innocents around the world in the name of that religion?

The nine Members voting NO were Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) (FL), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). Let's take action to make it clear that the Christian majority of this country demands at least the same amount of respect that they are willing to give the non-Christian minority. And let's hang this one around the collective neck of the Democrat Party.

And while some are outraged that there were individuals who simply voted "Present", I'm not. There are principled reasons for doing so, and many more (I believe of both parties) voted present on the prior two resolutions. But to vote against a resolution honoring Christianity that was nearly identical to one honoring Islam or Hinduism is a sign of hatred and bigotry, not of sign of a principled support of the non-constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

H/T Stop The ACLU, Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, Jo's Cafe, Rosemary's Thoughts, Right Truth, Church and State, Ace of Spades HQ, Slapstick Politics, The Steel Deal

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