Props and nachas to New York representative Steve Israel and other Jewish members of the House, who countered Virginia representative Jo Ann Davis’ resolution to “save Christmas” with demands that she include Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Ramadan in H. Res. 579, which strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas and expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions.
Davis’ symbolic attempt to “save Christmas” passed with a majority vote, but not before some Jewish congressfolks had their say:
When Davis posited that any sign or even mention of Christmas in public can lead to complaints, litigation, protest and threats” and Americas favorite holiday is being twisted beyond recognition, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) responded with Did something happen when I was not looking? Did somebody mug Santa Claus? Is somebody engaging in elf tossing?
It wasn’t just the Jews on Capitol Hill complaining, either: Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of D.C. politely pointed out that Davis’ concern that Christmas was losing its identity was a load of crapola: Our country has come simply to be tolerant of the fact that we are from many faiths, and we do not want to insult anybody … I say to you that, far from references to Christmas needing to be supported, they are glorified, and we all know it. Full story.
Rep. Davis did not amend her resolution to include similar respect for the rest of our holidays let’s let her know we disapprove by
bombing her inbox writing her a short email, shall we?