Does the House Need to Speak Up Against the "War on Christmas"? (H. Res. 637)
Do you support or oppose this bill?
What is H. Res. 637?
(Updated December 4, 2021)
This resolution recognizes the importance of Christmas symbols and traditions, and expresses disapproval for efforts to ban references to Christmas. It also expresses support for people who celebrate Christmas symbols and traditions.
Additionally, the resolution notes that the First Amendment of the Constitution prohibited the establishment of a state religion, but does not prohibit references to religion or God in civic dialog.
As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t proceed to the Senate or have the force of law if passed by the House.
Argument in favor
Christmas symbols, traditions, and the religious holiday they celebrate have been threatened by attempts to ban them in public. Even though it's only a resolution Congress should stand against those efforts.
This is a pointless resolution. Why are our lawmakers wasting time "expressing opinions" about whether holiday and religious traditions are appropriate for public — use instead of legislating.
People who appreciate and use Christmas symbols and traditions, those who object to the use of those symbols and traditions in public, public opinion of Santa Claus, and the House of Representatives.
Cost of H. Res. 637
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) introduced this legislation to express his distaste for those trying to suppress religious Christmas symbols in public:
“Seasonal religious expression must continue to be protected for all Americans. The efforts to remove religious aspects of Christmas from the public square are not only misguided, they are unconstitutional… Regrettably, there has been a troubling effort by some in America to ban any and all Christmas celebrations and traditions from the public arena. These attacks on Christmas clearly violate the rights of religious expression our Founding Fathers deliberately provided for us in the Constitution.”
This bill has 46 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, all of whom are Republicans.
- Sponsoring Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) Press Release (Previous Version)
- Denver Post (Previous Version)
- The Hill (Previous Version)
- Yahoo! (Previous Version)
- Washington Times (Op-Ed In Favor)
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