Washington Rep. McDermott joins eight in Congress voting against Christmas
Posted by The Oregonian December 13, 2007 06:59AM
Categories: Puget Sound
Jeez, even Oregon's liberals voted voted yes on this one. But not Washington's Jim McDermott. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on this lump of coal.
Maybe you could call him Congressman McGrinch.
Rep. Jim McDermott supported House resolutions this fall to recognize the Islamic holiday of Ramadan and the festival of Diwali, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.
But the Washington Democrat drew the line at Christmas.
McDermott voted Tuesday against a resolution to recognize the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.
The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, passed 372-9. Democrats cast all the nay votes.
McDermott, revered by many of his liberal constituents in Seattle, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. A staff member in his Seattle office said that "if you know the congressman, you'd know why" he opposed the resolution.
Neither the Ramadan nor the Diwali resolutions drew any opposition. No one spoke against the Christmas resolution -- which stated that Christianity was the predominant faith in the U.S. and contributed greatly to the development of Western civilization and America -- leading King to draw his own conclusion.
"I think there's an anti-Christian bias," King said. "I would not have thought that five or 10 years ago that we'd need to make a statement (affirming Christmas and Christianity). I've watched Christ be eradicated by ACLU lawsuits and people be afraid of confrontations. They wish (people) 'happy holidays' but not 'Merry Christmas' because they might be offended."
HR 635: "Acknowledges the onset of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and conveys its respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world on this occasion."
HR 747: "Acknowledges the onset of Diwali and expresses its deepest respect to Indian Americans and the Indian Diaspora throughout the world on this significant occasion."
HR 847: "Acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith."
Approved 372-9 (Rep. Darlene Hooley, hospitalized in late November with fluid in her lungs and a sinus infection, returns to Congress in January).