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Rep. Doug Lamborn sponsors resolution to protect ‘symbols and traditions of Christmas’

Posted at 8:05 AM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 11:37:22-05
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FILE – A Nativity scene in Belen, N.M., is displayerd next to City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 13,2015, where it has been since 1992. The little town of Belen — Spanish for Bethlehem — is fighting to keep the all-year round Nativity scene on city property, despite objections from a Wisconsin-based organization who that wants it removed over church-state concerns. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

WASHINGTON – For at least the second time in recent years, Rep. Doug Lamborn introduced a resolution in the U.S. House to protect “symbols and traditions of Christmas.”

The resolution was sponsored by Republican Rep. Lamborn, who represents Colorado Springs, Cañon City and Buena Vista. Another 41 representatives co-sponsored the resolution, which has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Rep. Lamborn also introduced a similar resolution in 2015, which received support from many of the same representatives as House Resolution 637.

When that resolution was announced, Lamborn said in a statement, “Regrettably, there has been a troubling effort by some in America to ban any and all Christmas celebrations and traditions from the public arena.”

The full text of the most recent resolution is included below:

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.

Whereas Christmas is a national holiday celebrated on December 25; and

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: Now, therefore, be it resolved, That the 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.