WASHINGTON (BP)--The House of Representatives approved a resolution Dec. 11 acknowledging the significance of Christmas and Christianity.
The roll call was 372-9 for passage. The resolution's sponsor expressed astonishment over the "no" votes. Rep. Steve King, R.-Iowa, said he could not understand how members of Congress could vote against the measure after the House approved without opposition similar resolutions honoring observances of Islam and Hinduism.
Among its resolutions, King's measure recognized Christianity as "one of the great religions of the world," expressed support for Christians in this country and other countries, acknowledged the "international religious and historical significance of Christmas and the Christian faith" and renounced persecution against Christians in this country and around the world.
Ten representatives voted "present," and 40 did not vote on King's resolution.
The House had voted 376-0 for an Oct. 2 measure that expressed some of the same sentiments toward Muslims that King's resolution did toward Christians. It also recognized Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. That roll call included 42 members voting "present" and 14 not voting.
On Oct. 29, representatives voted 358-0 for a resolution that honored Diwali, the Indian festival of lights that is celebrated by Hindus, as well as Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. The roll call showed eight members voting "present" and 66 not voting. Read More