I’m seeing a good deal of concern about this action* that just went through the U.S. House of Representatives. I think it’s time I said my piece on it.
Now, I am right there with everyone who has commented on what a waste of time this is, when so many more important things aren’t getting done. Define those more important things by pretty much any criteria you want, and you’ll see they aren’t getting done. What I really can’t get uptight about is the “apparent” church-state violation here.
House Resolutions are utterly meaningless. They don’t have the force of law. They don’t mean anything except that politicians do that. Mayors give the key to their city to visiting dignitaries. Congressmen pass resolutions.
I see a lot of “but they’re favoring Christianity” malarkey being thrown about in the blogosphere. What I want to know is this: Where was all that righteous “separation of church and state” indignation in early October?
A resolution recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and expressing the “deepest respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world” was adopted in the U.S. House of Representatives October 2 by a vote of 376-0.
The resolution acknowledging the importance of Muslims in America, the first of its kind, was introduced by Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson and co-sponsored by 30 legislators, including Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Ellison is the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress. […]
Yep, that’s right. Two months ago, they passed a resolution honoring Ramadan. No one got up in arms about that. What little notice of it was taken was generally positive.
Why, then, all the negative hoopla about the Christmas one? Could it be because we are all so tired of hearing the Dominionists bleat about how abused they are, and how everyone is waging war on Christmas? That’s pretty likely really. But I think it’s time to step back a little, and give this it’s due level of attention. Which, in my not so humble opinion, I have already exceeded.
In short, chill out people.