Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Garrett Backs Diwali

On the hypocrisy front, a month after Representative Scott Garrett stayed off a vote acknowledging the start of Ramadan, Garrett voted for a resolution supporting the festival of Diwali.

At the time of the Ramadan vote, Garrett said the following:
There were a number of members who, as we call it down here, 'stayed off' that vote and did not support it because I think that they looked at it as something that Congress really should not be doing, should not be picking one faith out and commending that faith.

Well, here's how the bill Garrett voted for describes Diwali:
Whereas Diwali, a festival of great significance to Indian Americans and the people of India, is celebrated annually by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains throughout the United States and the world.

I count four faiths here. Both of these resolutions should have passed, and both did. Garrett picking which observance to acknowledge and which one not to says more about him than the non-binding resolutions.

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