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Friday, December 14

The Christianists Make Baby Jesus Cry

I reported 2 days ago in Jesus Christ, Christmas is a federal holiday. What more do you want? concerning "H. Res. 847: Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith." HR 847 went to the vote and NINE liberal democrats voted against it. You would think that King would be happy that his stupid bill passed, but no. Steve King (R-IA) who came up with this bill because there were 2 bills that supported Indian religions and Ramadan, but not on Christianity (as if no one can notice that Christmas is a big deal around here), went on Fox News and named those who voted nay as if they had voted to burn Christmas trees in the public square. Fox News showed their pictures for the daily moment of hate. Perhaps they voted nay because this bill is stupid.

According to Think Progress:
In response to King's tirade against those 9 who voted against his ridiculous bill, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) ripped King’s religious zealotry as “another sad attempt by conservative Republicans to skew the line between church and state”:

  • “America is not a Christian nation,” Hastings said. “It is a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and everyone in between. Our diversity is our strength and those who seek to use religion as a litmus test are doing a disservice to all of us.”

  • As for the “assault on Christianity,” Hastings said, “all someone has to do is visit a shopping mall, turn on the radio or TV or look at the Christmas trees sitting on the front lawns of the White House and the United States Capitol to realize that no such assault is underway.”
And not only that, why don't we just piss on non-christians while we're at it and say, nyeh, this holiday season.

Yesterday, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) explained his nay vote:
While the Republicans are passing a resolution celebrating Christmas, the president was vetoing health care for children. There’s a little bit of irony going on around here.
Excellent comment by Rep McDermott. Rep King was one of the fine Christians who voted against SCHIP.

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Yesterday, the House in a 222-199 vote passed a ban on waterboarding in the Intelligence Authorization Act. Who were the 199 who voted nay? See here. 10 Democrats and 189 Republicans (probably devout "Christians") voted nay.

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