Emailed moments ago:

To Congressman Steny Hoyer:

I am disappointed to discover that my elected representative, a man I have supported virtually since I moved down to Maryland in 1986, has voted to support H.Res. 579.

It is exclusive, inappropriate, and a violation of the separation of church and state so important to our founding fathers, to recognize religious holidays in this way.

I sing Christmas carols with the rest of my friends and in a little over one week we will be opening Christmas presents in my house under our tree, but we will also be lighting a menorah for the first day of Hanukkah, and we have respect in this house for other holidays we don’t observe.

It saddens me to hear that the U.S. Congress continues to take on the responsibilities for managing our treatment of religious freedom.

Let the language be inclusive of all holidays (Yule, Kwaanza and the rest), and you will make this voting citizen much happier.

We have so much else to fix in our country, but this has to be the focus of actual debate on the floor?

For shame.

(See the resolution…)

Rep. Dingell said it best:

Mr. DAVIS of Illinois. Madam Speaker, I yield 4 minutes to the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Dingell), the Dean of the House.
(Mr. DINGELL asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. DINGELL. Madam Speaker, I have a little poem.

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the House,
no bills were passed `bout which Fox News could grouse.
Tax cuts for the wealthy were passed with great cheer,
so vacations in St. Barts soon should be near.
Katrina kids were all nestled snug in motel beds,
while visions of school and home danced in their heads.
In Iraq, our soldiers need supplies and a plan,
and nuclear weapons are being built in Iran.
Gas prices shot up, consumer confidence fell.
Americans feared we were in a fast track to ….. well.
Wait, we need a distraction, something divisive and wily,
a fabrication straight from the mouth of O’Reilly.
We will pretend Christmas is under attack,
hold a vote to save it, then pat ourselves on the back.
Silent Night, First Noel, Away in the Manger,
Wake up Congress, they’re in no danger.
This time of year, we see Christmas everywhere we go,
From churches to homes to schools and, yes, even Costco.
What we have is an attempt to divide and destroy
when this is the season to unite us with joy.
At Christmastime, we’re taught to unite.
We don’t need a made-up reason to fight.
So on O’Reilly, on Hannity, on Coulter and those right-wing blogs.
You should sit back and relax, have a few egg nogs.
‘Tis the holiday season; enjoy it a pinch.
With all our real problems, do we really need another Grinch?
So to my friends and my colleagues, I say with delight,
a Merry Christmas to all, and to Bill O’Reilly, happy holidays.
Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas.

* Yeah, I know I misspelled Kwanzaa – it’s the thought that counts, I believe. I’m just sorry I didn’t see the resolution before it was voted on. I hate locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen.

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