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I honestly can't believe they did this. No, really.

Posted on 2007.13.12 at 22:54
where am I: still at work
How I feel about it all: embarrassedembarrassed
Dear US House of Representatives,

Please to be explaining this:

H.R.847: Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith

In sincere embarrassment,

Me.

P.S. You might be able to redeem yourself here by passing a similar resolution for every other faith in the world, and their holy days, and also for atheists.

(link via moonlight69)

Comments:


the day you left was just my beginning
patchfire at 2007-12-14 04:03 (UTC) ()
this demands more yule.

sign on?
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 04:06 (UTC) ()
I'm at work. They might make us STAY.
the day you left was just my beginning
patchfire at 2007-12-14 04:07 (UTC) ()
Why? Why stay I mean.

And why did I start to respond with BUT WHY IS THE RUM GONE?

edited to use Cool Solstice Icon!

Edited at 2007-12-14 04:08 (UTC)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:55 (UTC) ()
I'm home now, but it is Late.

They made us wait until the next shift came in case some of them couldn't come in because of the OMGSNOW.
Tarnish notte the majesty of my TOWER of HATS
meresy at 2007-12-14 04:08 (UTC) ()
D:

This is my WTF face.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:23 (UTC) ()
I don't know whether to rant to the world or cover my face in utter embarrassment.
Tarnish notte the majesty of my TOWER of HATS
meresy at 2007-12-14 05:36 (UTC) ()
*pats you*

There, there. Most people won't even notice. I mean, I found out today we have a whole new civic holiday next year, and if that's not the sort of thing everyone talks about . . .

But you know, House?

try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:48 (UTC) ()
*directs ship towards Washington*

Most people won't even notice.

I'll notice. And I don't know if I like the idea that all these bills and resolutions pass and nobody knows about it but politicians. What if they pass one that's even worse and we're sitting around knitting?

I mean, I found out today we have a whole new civic holiday next year

Canada gets another day off. We get Ignorant Bigotry. Woe.

Don't they know we'd really rather have another long weekend? Silly government.
Tarnish notte the majesty of my TOWER of HATS
meresy at 2007-12-14 05:54 (UTC) ()
Well, I suppose the best you can hope is that it gets buried and forgotten amongst stuff that isn't quite as stupid. Unlikely, and sad that that's the best but . . . D: Mostly I just meant that it's just another addition to the noise of government. Piles and piles of stupid paper that sits and does nothing.

I promise that Canada has passed stuff at least as stupid. *sigh* I mean, we have government-funded religous schools. The Tories wanted to introduce more.

Edited at 2007-12-14 05:55 (UTC)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 06:00 (UTC) ()
I promise the Canada has passed stuff at least as stupid. *sigh* I mean, we have government-funded religous schools.

Canada (well, some of Canada) wants Muslim women who wear veils to remove them when they vote because they say not seeing their face is conducive to voter fraud or something when hello, absentee voters cast their votes without anyone seeing their faces. So yeah, Canada's not exempt.

I just like the day off idea.

I mean, we have government-funded religous schools. The Tories wanted to introduce more.

Didn't someone running for premier of Ontario use words like "faith-based"? *shudder* Also, there is something very amusing about a Tory named Tory (he was the one with the brilliant idea about faith-based yadda yadda, IIRC).
Tarnish notte the majesty of my TOWER of HATS
meresy at 2007-12-14 17:48 (UTC) ()
they say not seeing their face is conducive to voter fraud or something

Fail. And we vote with golf pencils behind short cardboard things in full view of the poll workers. How much fraud is there, really?

And regardless, fail.

Yes, John Tory and his faith-based schools. Needless to say they lost a lot of core votes over that one.

Our new holiday is "Family Day." My eyes roll forever. Why the HELL do they not make Remebrance Day a stat holdiay already. Huh? *mutters*
newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2007-12-14 14:39 (UTC) ()
*laughing so hard I schnorfed my Coke*

That picture, though? Is BRIMFUL of win. *applause*
Sonia
mrs_laugh_track at 2007-12-14 04:14 (UTC) ()
Fuck. Seriously? Wow. That's very upsetting. I do not like that at all.

Edited at 2007-12-14 04:15 (UTC)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:19 (UTC) ()
*cuddles poor, bruised First Amendment*
Greeking the Text
lipsum at 2007-12-14 04:22 (UTC) ()
NOT ENOUGH FACEPALM IN THE WORLD.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:33 (UTC) ()
I'll see your facepalm and raise you a headdesk.

Also? Cute kittens make everything better OMG.
Isis
isiscolo at 2007-12-14 04:32 (UTC) ()
My representative didn't vote, but I'm distressed that another district representative - who I'm supporting in his run for Senate next election - voted aye. Grr.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:30 (UTC) ()
Mine did, and I'm surprised at him (Patrick Kennedy, wtf?). And it looks like the rep from where I'm moving did, too. Amd even if they hadn't voted, or voted no, the government, which means the country, passed the resolution. By extension, so did I, on the basis of my citizenship.

Crapcrapcrap.
Ben
diamond_dust06 at 2007-12-14 13:42 (UTC) ()
Mine voted aye, too. I don't even know what to say.
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primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:19 (UTC) ()
My goal recently has been to find one really good thing that the US has that nobody else does in the whole world, and I finally figured out that it's the First Amendment. Now this train wreck of a government is pissing all over it. *throws up hands*
fillionaire
fillionaire at 2007-12-14 04:54 (UTC) ()
Can I 8th this WTF?
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:30 (UTC) ()
There's no stopping these people, I swear. *fumes*
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try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-14 05:32 (UTC) ()
At least Australia's moving in the right direction. My kid wants to go to grad school there. Maybe I'll join her.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2007-12-14 07:35 (UTC) ()
Guh. This is so offensive.

GRRRRRRRRRRR
caelidh
caelidh at 2007-12-14 12:18 (UTC) ()
Yeah... I already wrote my rep... lot of good that will do. SOmeone luckily wrote a letter to the editor about it in the paper AGAINST it...

I had to make my voice heard. If you don't.. they will walk all over you!!
newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2007-12-14 14:47 (UTC) ()
Oh. Various People All Over the World's. God. REALLY? Because -- and I speak on behalf of all the American Christians I know, which is a lot considering I live at/teach for a Christian seminary -- I haven't really encountered a lot of bigotry and persecution of us for our faith here in the U.S.... Pretty sure Christmas isn't in any danger of being obliterated any time soon.

Now, Eid and the Muslims, THEY could use a resolution like this. Or Yule and the pagans. Or, since I just heard about two Jewish guys who got the stuffing beat out of them on a NEW YORK subway (?!?!?!!!) because they said "Happy Hanukkah" to people, maybe Hanukkah and Judaism. Or... well, heck, pretty much everybody EXCEPT us Christians.... Oy.

(Am so hugely relieved that no Virginia people signed this thing. There's hope for my oft-red state yet!)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-15 12:41 (UTC) ()
There's definitely persecution of Christians in other parts of the world, but really? Not much in the US. The whole thing makes my UU liberal First Amendment-loving teeth itch.
Amy H. Sturgis
eldritchhobbit at 2007-12-14 15:22 (UTC) ()
There is not enough desk in the world for all of the *headdesk*ing this deserves.
Magpie
sistermagpie at 2007-12-14 16:24 (UTC) ()
Oh for gods sakes.
scriggle
scriggle at 2007-12-14 18:08 (UTC) ()
That is... I am beyond words.
peacey at 2007-12-14 18:24 (UTC) ()
Is it frivolous? Definitely. Unnecessary? Check. Does it tiptoe a little too close to a governmental endorsement of a particular religion? I'd say so. But offensive? Certainly in the waste of time and paper it took up, yeah, but otherwise, come on. This is no more than politicians pandering to the majority of their base. Woo, surprise, surprise. Call me jaded, but the only fervor behind this bill was that of earning points with the voters back home - voters whose intelligence these Congressmen apparently have little, if any, respect for.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-15 12:36 (UTC) ()
Call me jaded, but the only fervor behind this bill was that of earning points with the voters back home - voters whose intelligence these Congressmen apparently have little, if any, respect for.

Oh, I think you're right. The problem for me is that it makes Americans look like exclusionary bigots. And for the most part, American people aren't like that. I'm also fiercely defensive of the First Amendment and get testy when it's trifled with like that.
I Am Canadian
dragonflymuse at 2007-12-14 23:20 (UTC) ()
Your people make me laugh :)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-15 12:30 (UTC) ()
At least there's levity. ;) And hey, we invented Jazz.

Marie Antoinette's pastry slave
mark356 at 2007-12-17 00:55 (UTC) ()
WTF?

Just what, exactly, was the purpose of this bill?
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-19 21:57 (UTC) ()
Pacification of the Christian Right, maybe? *shrugs*
Elements
elements at 2007-12-19 06:47 (UTC) ()
WHAT????!!!!!

um.

HOW THE HELL DID THIS SLIP PAST?
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-12-19 21:58 (UTC) ()
They've taken out the part about 'Salvation', but they're still beating up on the already injured First Amendment. :/
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