Friday, December 14, 2007

House Resolution 847: Importance of Christmas

H. Res. 847
In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
December 11, 2007.

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;
The great significance of Christmas is school holidays. Otherwise it is really nothing more than a way to wring more money out of the lower and middle classes who generally can't afford the gifts they often feel compelled to give.

Whereas there are approximately 225,000,000 Christians in the United States, making Christianity the religion of over three-fourths of the American population;
The glorious tyranny of the majority, where sheer volume means that it must be the right choice. What of the other 25% of Americans?

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;
Lumping them all together into one big 2 billion strong mass rather overstates the case I think. I wonder how many of these Christians would willingly rub shoulders with each other or if they wouldn't turn on each other like a pack of rabid dogs. Their doctrinal differences far exceeding importance in their eyes than the similarities that they share.

Whereas Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization;
Nearly every single "Christian" contribution to western civilization was done against the express wishes of the church with threat of purgatory or hellfire to those who dared to defy the church's authority. Strange how that no longer matters, what matters only is that those people were baptized and went to church regularly. Of course NOT doing so would have meant certain death. Yay inquisition!

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 Judeo-Christian roots;
Constitutional Republic????? I thought we were a Democracy! Isn't that what Dubya has been harping about since 9/11???? As to the roots... try Ancient Greece not Medieval Europe.

Whereas on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ;
I wonder what the other 25% of the population is celebrating on that day?

Whereas for Christians, Christmas is celebrated as a recognition of God's redemption, mercy, and Grace; and
Oh do let's talk about the necessity of being saved from hell that god created for sin that he allowed into the world.

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
NOT!!! How many Christians walk by the soup kitchens without volunteering? How many avoid eye contact with the Salvation Army bell ringers? How many do anything other than provide gifts to immediately family members, friends, and co-workers? "Serving others" my hiney! Maybe they didn't get the memo.

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) recognizes the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world;
What makes it great its number of adherents? Or the enormous impact it has had in repressing progress at every turn?

(2) expresses continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide;
I shudder at what kind of precedent this is setting.

(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;
Amazing how they know didly squat about history. Probably because they were all public schooled and grew up thinking that "In God We Trust" has always been the US motto. For the record Deist is not equal to Christian. A deist thinks a force called god created the universe and then tippy-toed away leaving it to its own devices.

(5) rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide; and
Oh yes, the poor persecuted Christians. Are the 25% of the population who don't toe the line picking on you? Making you feel uncertain and insecure in a world where there is 2 billion of you? Poor things. Gather together under one roof and pray about it.

(6) expresses its deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world.
Respect? Respect! Respect for what? Believing in a being they are afraid will send them to hell if they sin too deeply or don't pray sincerely enough for forgiveness? Smell the fire and brimstone of the hell you will roast in for all eternity, now do you love me? Oh yes. I love you!

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Only the following Representatives had the courage, audacity, temerity, and intelligence to vote NAY on this piece of trash.
Vote State-District Last Name, First Name
Nay NY-5 Ackerman, Gary [D]
Nay NY-11 Clarke, Yvette [D]
Nay CO-1 DeGette, Diana [D]
Nay FL-23 Hastings, Alcee [D]
Nay CA-9 Lee, Barbara [D]
Nay WA-7 McDermott, James [D]
Nay VA-3 Scott, Robert [D]
Nay CA-13 Stark, Fortney [D]
Nay CA-6 Woolsey, Lynn [D]

Hat Tip to T&A for his post on the idiot who wrote this piece of tripe.


T&A said...

Unbelievable isn't it! Thanks for posting the entire bill!
And thanks for the hat tip! :)

Joe said...

As an aside, Rep Stark came out as an Atheist in 2007. Rep Lee (to my recall) was the only one to vote against the Iraq debacle.

I've never understood why so many Christians are so insecure about their faith. They seem to need to ram it down everyone's throat in order to convince themselves they're right. Or, I guess its about command and control.

Richard said...

Ummmmm, Joe ponders out loud, "why so many Christians are so insecure about their faith. They seem to need to ram it down everyone's throat in order to convince themselves they're right"

Christians? What about Muslims? And, you totally nailed it with "in order to convince themselves they're right." The less a person believes in their own judgment of the World the more they need the feel good confirmation of others.

The Witch Doctors that made God made it a sin to eat the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, which guarantees intellectual insecurity among the flock. Then the Witch Doctors set about capitalizing on that insecurity through their ever more complicated rules and trickery. If they could embed religion in the minds of men, then they could obtain power over men without having to resort to military domination. Thus the two forms of tyranny over men, one controls the body, the other controls the mind & spirit.

Interestingly the laypeople of the Russian Orthodox church. in the late 1800s and early 1900s, had come to strongly believe that the greater the number of people who prayed for the same thing, the more likely God would listen. This made it easy for communist idealists to convince them that they could just work together to make things happen, rather than just pray. Religious altruism also made it seem 'logical' that everyone should work for everyone else. The entire Communist system simply fit with much of their existing ideals!

Of course anyone with a different idea of what mattered was viciously blocking progress towards The People's goal --kill'im.

The parallel in beliefs, in their common origin with Plato, and subsequent actions towards their neighbors (ram it down their throats) is all perfectly consistent.

It sounds just perfect for Bush's America. Hallelujah and Praise the Lord!