Remember how before the media’s sole focus was on terrorism and the latest thing Donald Trump said, there were a few days where everyone was talking about Starbucks and how they had joined the “War On Christmas” by not having holiday graphics on their plain red paper coffee cups? That was a little over a month ago when a right-wing YouTube “Christian” by the name of Joshua Feuerstein made a video in which he claimed that the company hated Jesus and Christmas, while he waved a pistol around to announce his defiance of Starbucks’ policy discouraging guns in their stores.
There was a brief social media fury over this contrived controversy, and even Donald Trump shamelessly pandered to the people who believed that there was an actual “War On Christmas” by stating that perhaps he should boycott Starbucks. All of that was pretty much forgotten when the Paris terrorist attacks happened, but now the GOP is back with the latest insanity in the fake war on Christmas.
Via The Hill:
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) has introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the House that “the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas” amid warnings from the right that religion is being pushed out of the holiday.
The resolution states that the House “strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas” and “expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas.”
Thirty-five fellow Republicans have signed onto the resolution as co-sponsors. (Source)
Yes, you read that right, House Republicans are proposing a resolution to fight the non-existent War On Christmas. As a resolution, it’s different from a law and simply shows their support or opposition to something. The First Amendment clearly states that Congress shall make no law that promotes one religion over another, and despite the fact Christmas is often observed as a secular holiday, it is very much Christian in nature – unless you take into consideration that Christians hijacked it from pagans many centuries ago.
In case you’re wondering, the GOP has voted down bills to help the poor and veterans repeatedly in recent years, but passing a meaningless resolution is apparently more important than doing anything that remotely resembles following the teachings of Christianity or the spirit of Christmas. It’s the tired old story of Republicans in Congress claiming to care about veterans, the poor and religious values – then doing absolutely nothing other than to shove warped versions of Christianity down our throats.
The real War On Christmas isn’t being waged by the left or by non-Christians, but the people who believe social media celebrities or Donald Trump are too brainwashed to realize that. This resolution is just another waste of taxpayer money by House Republicans to pander to their base ahead of next year’s election. It’s ridiculous, petty, and a waste of resources – but that’s just par for the course in a Congress that has a 9% approval rating.
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