December 11, 2007.Whereas Christmas, a holiday of great significance to Americans and many other cultures and nationalities, is celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world;
Whereas there are approximately 225,000,000 Christians in the United States, making Christianity the religion of over three-fourths of the American population;
Whereas there are approximately 2,000,000,000 Christians throughout the world, making Christianity the largest religion in the world and the religion of about one-third of the world population;
Whereas identify themselves as those who believe in the salvation from sin offered to them through the sacrifice of their savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and who, out of gratitude for the gift of salvation, commit themselves to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible;Whereas Christians Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization;
Whereas on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ;
Whereas for Christians, Christmas is celebrated as a recognition of God’s redemption, mercy, and Grace; and
Whereas many Christians and non-Christians throughout the United States and the rest of the world, celebrate Christmas as a time to serve others: Now, therefore, be it
(1) recognizes the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world;
(2) expresses continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide;
(3) acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith;
(4) acknowledges and supports the role played by Christians and Christianity in the founding of the United States and in the formation of the western civilization;
(5) rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide; and
(6) expresses its deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world.
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–Attest: Clerk.
I cannot say it better than what Gillman had to say:
“People like Congressman King know perfectly well that the Founding Fathers did not intend in any way, shape or form to create a Christian nation — they wanted a democracy, not a theocracy. In fact, few of them were even traditional, practicing Christians (the deist Thomas Jefferson foremost among them). But many fundamentalist Christians don’t want others to know it (or mistakenly believe it themselves), so they keep repeating the lie in the hope that eventually people will believe it to be true.
For the nearly 80 million Americans who are not Christians this bill can only be seen as misguided and hurtful. It’s also a blatant attempt by some politicians to pander to select religious constituencies, and another example of religious historical revisionism.”
Thank you for pointing out this Resolution for all of your readers. Keep up the good work Jimmy.
Wishing all of my friends a healthy and happy and progressive 2008!