A bipartisan group of three dozen members of Congress, led by Doug Lamborn, (R-Colo.), is sponsoring a resolution before the House of Representatives defending Christmas, according to ABC News, Dec. 21, 2013. Lamborn and 36 of his colleagues proposed the two page resolution in an effort to “strongly [disapprove] of attempts to ban references to Christmas.”
The resolution is in response to multiple thefts of nativity scenes, Santa statues, and other symbols of Christmas throughout the country. The resolution responds to the Christmas thieves by resolutely stating that:
“the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas.”
Lamborn pontificated on his interpretation of the intentions of the Founding Fathers with regard to religious symbols and artifacts by stating:
“The Founding Fathers never intended for references to God and religion to be prohibited in civic dialogue. Despite this, our freedom to fully recognize Christmas is being attacked by a vocal and litigious minority. That is why I have introduced House Resolution 448, a bipartisan effort … calling on Congress to protect the traditional symbols of Christmas for use by the vast majority of Americans who do acknowledge the holiday.”
Two Democrats who crossed the aisle to support the resolution were Representatives Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) In a statement,Rahall contrasted Christmas greetings to holiday greetings and other greetings that he considered empty and hollow:
“To substituting time-honored greetings like ‘Merry Christmas’ with empty phrases such as ‘Happy Holidays’ – I say Bah Humbug. There’s nothing wrong with publicly recognizing the religious nature and true meaning of Christmas, especially for a Nation like ours founded on the principles of religious freedom and free speech.
Our children need to know, especially at Christmas, that it is all right to express their faith publicly."
In the last Congress, Rahall had proposed a measure eliminating a prohibition against including "Merry Christmas" in official correspondence with their constituents. Earlier this month the Committee on House Administration Chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich) decided to allow members of Congress to send seasonal greetings to constituents through the U.S. Capitol mail. Miller stated:
"In the past, including any form of a holiday greeting was banned … this new commonsense policy allows members to share their holiday wishes with constituents in otherwise official communications. feel it is entirely appropriate for members of Congress to include a simple holiday salutation, whether it is Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and so on.”
This is not the first time that Doug Lamborn has made national headlines. He also threw himself into the limelight in August 2011 when he made reference to a "tar baby" when speaking of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Lamborn later apologized for his remarks.