Tuesday, December 18, 2007

That Christianity resolution:

Last week the House voted 372 to 9 for a resolution, Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith. It mostly states that there are lots of Christians, here and throughout the world, they've been a factor in history, celebrate Christmas, and so on. What's interesting is this. There are two bills in question, the one introduced, and the one voted on. The difference? The passed bill omits this line from the one introduced:
Whereas Christians identify themselves as those who believe in the salvation from sin offered to them through the sacrifice of their savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and who, out of gratitude for the gift of salvation, commit themselves to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible;
That line is doctrinal in nature and subject to debate. It's explicitly Pauline, and not supported by the four Gospels. And guess what? The Republican Representative who introduced the bill was Steve King, a Catholic. Looks like that attempt to pass a law respecting an establishment of religion (or doctrine within a religion) failed. For now.


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