Republicans Just Introduced A ‘War On Christmas’ Bill So Stupid It Will Make Your Head Spin

With all of the issues facing America right now, Republicans in the House of Representatives decided it would be a good idea to introduce legislation about one of their most pressing: their fictional war on Christmas.  Thirty-six members of the GOP caucus figure the House should find the time somewhere between investigating Benghazi and voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act to safeguard the holiday that dominates all aspects of American culture from October through January each year.

Fox News, more specifically Bill O’Reilly, is responsible for the narrative that is just about the most ridiculous thing since they claimed children weren’t allowed to pray or recite the pledge of allegiance. They’ve managed to turn what is a simple first amendment issue into something the 68-year-old white men who watch their network can get behind — and they’re not letting up anytime soon.

The so-called “war on Christmas” narrative was simple to invent. Some people prefer “happy holidays” to “merry Christmas.” It may be because it encompasses all three major holidays of the season if they’re Christian. It may be because they aren’t Christian but still celebrate a holiday — like every other religion — around the time of the winter solstice. It may be because they feel “happy holidays” is a simpler, easier way to express the joy of a season everyone seems to enjoy without having to point out a particular religion, or it may be because they feel like it and why is none of Bill O’Reilly’s business.

The use of that phrase coupled with the departure of nativity scenes on government property because the first amendment says so is what O’Reilly and friends deem some kind of “war on Christmas.” Apparently they’ve never been to a mall or driven down any street in the USA to look at the pretty lights. Christmas is everywhere. Nobody is trying to take it away. It’s at the government building when the festive clerk wears his or her Santa hat on casual Friday. It’s on buses and cabs and billboards. It’s on cups at Dunkin Donuts and red bags of coffee at Starbucks. It’s in almost every store in America.

Introducing a bill to protect it is just another waste of taxpayer time and money. This bill, dubbed “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas.” or H.R. 564, reads:

“Whereas Christmas is a national holiday celebrated on December 25,” The U.S. 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 by those who celebrate Christmas.

Now doesn’t that bill, by its very existence, constitute a violation of the 1st Amendment? Of course not, silly! They have that covered:

“Whereas the Framers intended that the First Amendment of the Constitution, in prohibiting the establishment of religion, would not prohibit any mention of religion or reference to God in civic dialog…”

Blah blah blah. Your tax dollars hard at work, America. Hopefully, you’re paying attention — and hopefully, you vote.

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