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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas Bill

Instead of focusing on frivolous issues, like Iraq and our national debt, congress got serious about the real threat to our country. The dreaded, and not at all phony, "War on Christmas." With Democrats in charge of the House schedule how did this bill even come up for vote? Are the Democrats that frightened of Fox News that they can not stand up against this worthless waste of time and tax payer money. Do the Republicans have more to offer than revisionist history and a push for union of church and state? Oh yeah, tax cuts for the rich.

Iowa Representative Passes Pro-Christian Legislation, Urges Americans to "Worship Christ"

By DonByrd
Talk To Action

On Tuesday, our brave US House passed HR 847 by a count of 327-9 recognizing "the importance of Christmas and the Christian Faith", because - really, these days - what else possibly deserves more of their attention?
The sponsor was Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who - as Think Progress reported - voted against similar legislation honoring holidays of other faiths. He then appeared on Fox News to explain the real reasoning behind this - I suppose - innocuous, if annoying bill. His actual intentions are of course far more expansive.

In more of a speech than an interview, King explained that his motivation was to uphold America's status as a "Christian nation."
It's time we stood up and said so, and said to the rest of America, Be who you are and be confident. And let's worship Christ and let's celebrate Christmas for the right reasons.
This is, of course, outrageous behavior from a sitting US Congressman. For one thing, it shows that his token recognition bill was really an attempt to encourage Americans - through legislation - to embrace the Christian faith. Second, it belies efforts to hide the common "Christian nation" remark behind claims of mere historicism. "We only mean that America was founded on Christian principles", they like to say, when called on it. But, what's obvious here is that when Rep. King says "America is a Christian nation", he's not making a statement about the past, or even really the present. He's prescribing an idyllic future, and trying to do his part as a Congressman to make it happen.
Rep. King wants America to worship Christ. And he's willing to underwrite that desire by sponsoring legislation. From his appearance on Fox News, it's clear that is his understanding of being "a Christian nation." It's not just a (faulty) view of history; it's a plan.


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