Posted by: Jim | December 18, 2008

House Resolution 847: The “We Think We’re Cool” Bill

I found this on Pharyngula. Here it is, on the US Gov site: Read it and weep.

H. Res. 847        In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
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 Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization;
Whereas the United States, being founded as a constitutional republic in the traditions of western civilization, finds much in its history that points observers back to its Judeo-Christian roots;
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
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(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.

It’s sponsors are found here. They are comprised of 58 Republicans and 2 Democrats. It took effect on November 6, 2008.

This bill is as Unconstitutional as it is oblique. It is—in spirit—in opposition to the First Amendment. The First Amendment expressly prohibits the United States Congress from making laws “respecting an establishment of religion.” Does this respect an establishment of religion? If it doesn’t, it’s a bland and smarmy attempt at seeming like it’s establishing a religion to voters who like how that idea sounds.

Jesus Herbert Walker Christ. It’s no wonder that only 10% of Americans think the House is doing a good job. They might as well pass a bill indicating that Green is a really really pretty color.

We have babies starving, homeless children, a populace with the brain power of a dried shitake mushroom, and the House of Representatives is wasting our tax dollars on this? What’s more, depending on how you define “bigotry” and “persecution,” this very blog might be “rejected” by the House of Representatives. Should I be scared? How can I be scared of such ineffectual, ham-fisted God-bots?


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