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Friday, December 23, 2005

22 Democrats Oppose "Symbols and Traditions of Christmas"

On December 15, the House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting the symbols and traditions of Christmas. The text of H. Res. 579 is as follows:

Whereas Christmas is a national holiday celebrated on December 25; and

Whereas the Framers intended that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States would prohibit the establishment of religion, 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, for those who celebrate Christmas.

There's not much of anything controversial here, is there? No one could vote against a resolution like this could they? --Wrong.

The resolution passed 401 - 22. Here are the 22 representatives who voted against the resolution - all democrats.

Ackerman D-NY
Blumenauer D-OR
Capps D-CA
Cleaver D-MO
DeGette D-CO
Harman D-CA
Hastings D-FL
Honda D-CA
Lee D-CA
Lewis D-GA
McDermott D-WA
Miller, George D-CA
Moore D-WI
Moran D-VA
Payne D-NJ
Rush D-IL
Schakowsky D-IL
Scott D-VA
Stark D-CA
Wasserman Schultz D-FL
Wexler D-FL
Woolsey D-CA

What does this tell us about one difference between the two major American political parties? You decide.


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