Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Garrett vs. Christmas?

Here's a vote to watch today: HR 847 - Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith. The resolution is almost identical to that of one passed in October recognizing Ramadan's importance to Islam. Our Representative Scott Garrett was one of 42 Representatives to vote present the Ramadan resolution.

Here's how Garrett justified the vote at the time:
Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey says he too was "troubled" by the Ramadan resolution. "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."
So, was it really a principled stand? If it was, we can expect Garrett to also vote present on the Christmas resolution. While I pointed out earlier, Garrett's support for Diwali could be explained away by the fact a number of faiths participate in the festival. However, the Christmas resolution is about one faith being picked out and commended.

So how principled is Garrett? The answer later...

1 comment:

Jill said...

Gee whiz....the Christian faith is important in the US? I'm glad Congress spent its time affirming that; I never would have known it otherwise. And here I thought all these lights were just a bunch of pagans celebrating the Solstice.... /snark