GOP rises to the defense of candy canes
According to Thomas, Rep. Davis (R-VA) introduced this last week. Here are the deliberations from yesterday:
Dec. 14, 2005 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
H. RES. 579 Expressing the sense of the House that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected.
Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia submitted the following
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas;
(2) strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas; and
(3) expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions.
Mr. ISRAEL. Madam Speaker, My difficulty with this resolution is that
it excludes some symbols and includes only certain symbols. So I would ask the gentlewoman, in the spirit of diversity, and of the many faiths that we celebrate in this body and throughout America, I would ask her not to withdraw the resolution, but allow this resolution to attract a very significant number of votes, maybe a unanimous vote, simply by adding the words "Kwanzaa,'' "Ramadan,'' and "Chanukah'' to her resolution. . . include holidays of all faiths so that this resolution can reflect the best of America, which is a place of justice for all.
Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia. Madam Speaker, The reason for this
resolution is that the attack has not been on the menorah or any of the other symbols of the other religions. But the attack has been and is being made on red and green colors, on candy canes, on Santa Claus, which are not even religious symbols. That is the point of the resolution.
Read a news account here. I believe we're headed towards a McCarthy-era, "have you no shame?" moment soon.
(Thanks to reader LK in South Carolina)