In a timely and brave show of solidarity with Christian Santa, 36 House Republicans signed onto a resolution Monday defending Christmas, a holiday that is basically illegal now. The resolution notes that the lawmakers “strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas.”
The Hill reports that Rep. Doug Lamborn created the resolution, which he introduced December 11. Last week, Lamborn circulated a letter asking his colleagues to sign on, which notes that “95 percent of Americans” celebrate Christmas (that is true of Christians. 81 percent of non-Christians also say they celebrate Christmas, which suggests that this might not be a problem big enough to warrant a formal resolution from your elected officials.)
And here is the full text of the resolution, stiff with solemn resolve and probably some eggnog remnants:
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 been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, because this is what they do over there.
Rep. Doug Lamborn at a Christians United for Israel summit in Washington D.C. in 2013. Photo via AP Images