Monday, December 24, 2007

Congress "Recognizes" Christianity as Having Special and Particular Importance, Above Other Religions

Here is a resolution that passed the House on Dec. 11, with broad bipartisan support. The only reason I know about this is because it was posted in the Off-Topics section of a gymnastics forum that my daughter frequents, and she told me about it. I don't recall seeing any mention of this endorsement of one particular religion in any news outlet, at all.

H. Res. 847: Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith

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;

Whereas there are approximately 225,000,000 Christians in the United States, making Christianity the religion of over three-fourths of the American population;

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;

Whereas identify themselves as those who believe in the salvation from sin offered to them through the sacrifice of their savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and who, out of gratitude for the gift of salvation, commit themselves to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible;Whereas Christians Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization;

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;

Whereas on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ;

Whereas for Christians, Christmas is celebrated as a recognition of God's redemption, mercy, and Grace; and

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

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

    (1) recognizes the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world;

    (2) expresses continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide;

    (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;

    (5) rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide; and

    (6) expresses its deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world.

Since Liberty Street is a mid-tier blog, and this is a very important issue, any bloggers reading this who share my outrage over Congress endorsing religion in general, and the Christian religion in particular, might want to write about it. I'm not asking for a link back; I'm just asking that other bloggers who might be higher profile than I am write about this resolution, because it is now the official position of the United States government.

I have linked to the text of the resolution, above. It's at GovTrack.US -- click here.


Libby Spencer said...

Merry Whatever Kathy to you and yours.

konagod said...

This is very disturbing. Very.

All the best to you Kathy during the holidays and may we all have a wonderful 2008 -- especially come November.

Kathy said...

Well gosh, kona, I'm glad somebody besides me finds it disturbing. Seems to have passed under everyone else's radar.

rc said...

There's nothing in it though, it's all factual truth, so great, the Congress resolved that the facts are the facts. The only moral judgment in it is when it talks about rejecting bigotry and persecution directed against Christians. I think that is fair. This resolution doesn't do nada, if it would of course, the constitution would have made it illegal, so they had no choice.