December 15, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
First they came for the elves...

Holy mackeral, and I do mean holy. The House of Representatives succumbs to this whole "assault on Christmas" propaganda, and passes a phony resolution that expresses support “for those who celebrate Christmas.”

What's next -- a resolution saying Jews have a right to celebrate their history? Um, actually, that was next -- read the O.U.'s approving press release.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nathan J. Diament
December 15, 2005
202-513-6484

*UNION** OF ORTHODOX JEWISH CONGREGATIONS COMMENTS ON*
*U.S.** HOUSE RESOLUTIONS EXPRESSING OF SUPPORT FOR RELIGIOUS
COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES*

* *In connection with votes on two non-binding resolutions today in the
U.S. House of Representatives, the Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America commented upon the resolutions which, in
common, express congressional support for and appreciation of two
religious communities in the United States.

H.Res. 579 (sponsored by Rep. Jo Ann Davis) - Expresses the sense of the
House of Representatives recognizes the importance of and expresses
support for the symbols and traditions of Christmas “for those who
celebrate Christmas” and notes that the Establishment Clause of the U.S.
Constitution was not intended to “prohibit any mention of…religion…in
civic dialogue.”

H.Con.Res. 315 (sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) - Urges the
President to issue a proclamation for the observance of an American
Jewish History Month.

Leaders of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations issued the
following statement in advance of the House voting on these resolutions:

The United States was founded by émigrés from Europe seeking religious
freedom. To the blessing and benefit of millions of people, this nation
has forged a path of unprecedented freedom for people of all religions
and beliefs. The United States has afforded Jews the opportunity to
practice our faith with a freedom unprecedented and unsurpassed in
Diaspora nations across Jewish history. We thank God and the leaders of
this nation for that freedom.

We concur with those who say that the Framers of the Constitution did
not intend to demand that America’s public square by purely secular.
Rather, the Constitution and its traditions argue for a public domain
which embraces and protects religious diversity. The resolutions being
considered by the House today - taken together - are in keeping with
this recognition and support for religious and cultural diversity.

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How about a resolution in support of those who *don't* celebrate holidays?

First they came for the Puritans....

Posted by: Reb Yudel at December 16, 2005 10:16 AM
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