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house Bill H. Res. 564

Does Congress Need to Speak up Against the "War on Christmas"?

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.

BTSundra's Opinion
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12/25/2015
Congress should stand up against people trying to ban symbols of any religion.
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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12/25/2015
I support this in opposition to you PC bureaucratic weasels who install foot baths for Muslims in the Denver Airport, demand "quiet rooms" for Muslim prayer at colleges, and allow the San Bernardino murderer to go home to pray five times a day while on the clock. Hypocrites! You'd come unglued if a federal employee brought a Bible to work.
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operaman's Opinion
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12/24/2015
Government needs to get out of the Christmas business. It's not a federal program.
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Argument opposed

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.

WingsThree's Opinion
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12/18/2015
Another attempt to inject Christianity into our government. Stop it already!
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John's Opinion
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12/25/2015
Not until they address the war on women, war on minorities, war on science and the war on the impoverished first! Stop pushing your religion down my throat by manipulating societies feelings of nostalgic remembrance and youthful naivety. Sorry but y'all are just being a bunch of dick wads !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lesia's Opinion
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12/23/2015
The constitution prohibits the government from endorsing any one religion over any others. If this crap is all you have to do stop running for reelection
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What is House Bill H. Res. 564?

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.

Impact

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 House Bill H. Res. 564

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

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 41 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, all of whom are Republicans.


Of Note: Starbucks waded into the controversy surrounding the presence of Christmas symbols in public — or lack thereof — when it released its red holiday cup for the 2015 season that had no traditional Christmas symbols. The University of Tennessee followed suit by encouraging students to not throw Christmas parties out of fear of offending others. Some conservatives point to incidents such as these and others as evidence of a “War on Christmas.”


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Summary by Eric Revell
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Official Title

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.

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    IntroducedDecember 11th, 2015
    Congress should stand up against people trying to ban symbols of any religion.
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    Another attempt to inject Christianity into our government. Stop it already!
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    Not until they address the war on women, war on minorities, war on science and the war on the impoverished first! Stop pushing your religion down my throat by manipulating societies feelings of nostalgic remembrance and youthful naivety. Sorry but y'all are just being a bunch of dick wads !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    There is no war on Christmas. This is a ridiculous, useless, and ultimately hateful gesture. It is a backhanded attempt to reassert white Christian supremacy in this country. It's disgusting.
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    The constitution prohibits the government from endorsing any one religion over any others. If this crap is all you have to do stop running for reelection
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    There is no war on Christmas, only a struggle to keep religion out of our secular government.
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    As a Christian, this is absolutely ridiculous. No one is attacking Christianity. If anything, it's Christians attacking non-believers. Everyone has a right to believe or not believe. Stop trying to shove religion down people's throat. If they don't want it, that is their choice. Let them choose hell.
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    No. There is no war on Christmas. This is a red herring to distract the public from the policies being made in congress that actually deserve our attention.
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    I support this in opposition to you PC bureaucratic weasels who install foot baths for Muslims in the Denver Airport, demand "quiet rooms" for Muslim prayer at colleges, and allow the San Bernardino murderer to go home to pray five times a day while on the clock. Hypocrites! You'd come unglued if a federal employee brought a Bible to work.
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    While Christmas has become more of a consumeristic ploy than a religious holiday, there is no War against Christmas. Congress has better to do. If they "wage war" against Christmas they might as well do it for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and so on. This is pointless.
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    Its called separation of church and state. The government should not give a damn of any religion. Not to be confused with the whole political correctness of saying happy holidays vs merry Christmas. Does it really matter what they are wishing you? Either way someone took the time to wish you a happy moment wether its Christmas, Hanukkah or the winter solstice
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    This is a non issue.
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    There is no war on christmas
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    The summary in the why vote nay write up says it all. Congress has much more important things to do. Issuing hollow statements against nonexistent threats is a waste of time and my tax dollars.
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    Government needs to get out of the Christmas business. It's not a federal program.
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    There is no war on Christmas, this is the type of partisan nonsense that serves to electrify the base at the expense of facts--has anyone seen all the commercials that explicitly say "merry Christmas"? Or all the hallmark movies that explicitly discuss Christmas and religion? I watch them all the time and so this sort of silly resolution makes no sense
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    The fake outrage that is "The War on Christmas" is a perfect example of "truthiness." Based on flimsy anecdotal evidence of a business or group choosing to be less Christian in their marketing in an effort to be more inclusive, its blown out of proportion to this point of ridiculousness. No one thinks saying "Merry Christmas" is offensive or bad. To get offended by happy holidays or merry Christmas is like getting offended by someone saying "good morning!" Because you're a night person. Also, is there anything really wrong with being more inclusive to the diversity of beliefs in this country? Let's move on to something important.
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    Like the Roman Empire we are forgetting who we are, and what this country and the bill of rights was founded upon. Keep electing leaders who tread on these rights, and see your child's future destroyed.
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    Keeping tradion for Christmas is very important. It's not "Happy Holidays ",It's "MERRY CHRISTMAS ".
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    HOW ABOUT STOPPING THE WAR ON CHRISTIANITY!! STOP TRYING TO FORCE CHRISTIANS TO ACCEPT THINGS THAT THE BIBLE/GOD CONDEMNS! QUIT PUNISHING CHRISTIANS FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE! QUIT TRYING TO PREVENT OUR PREACHERS FROM PREACHING WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS! WE AREN'T THE ONES WHO ARE WAGING JIHAD AGAINST UNBELIEVERS! WE AREN'T THE ONES TRYING TO FORCE AMERICANS TO ACCEPT A SYSTEM OF LAW THAT IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES! NO! TO THE CONTRARY! CHRISTIANITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BEDROCK UPON WHICH THIS NATION WAS BUILT AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE REASON THIS NATION HAS THRIVED AND BECOME THE ENVY OF THE WORLD! WE CAN LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR ENEMIES WITHOUT PERMITTING THEM TO DESTROY THAT BEDROCK! INDEED, TO ALLOW AN EROSION OF CHRISTIANITY IS TO ENSURE THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS NATION AS A FORCE FOR FREEDOM, SECURITY, PEACE, JUSTICE, AND PROSPERITY! I don't celebrate Christmas or Easter, because there is nothing in the Bible that indicates that the New Testament Christians celebrated those days. But I don't condemn people who do. The point is that as long as there are people who associate Christmas with Christianity, it is only natural for an attack on Christmas to be seen as an attack on Christianity itself and all Christians!
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