Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Virginia)
We are living in a time of war. The carnage is brutal and the headlines grim.
I’m talking, of course, about the War on Christmas.
But fear not, our trusty representatives in the U.S. House are taking care of business to protect America against non-Christians. On Dec. 15, Virginia Republican Jo Ann Davis introduced a resolution to fight back against the Christmas-haters.
According to Virginia’s Daily News, “By a vote of 401 to 22, the House said that it ‘recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas,’ that it ‘strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas,’ and that it ‘expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions.'”
Well, praise (the baby) Jesus. Just when you thought Congress ignored this nation’s most pressing problems, someone like Rep. Davis steps forward to prove you right.
In her comments on the House floor, Davis said, “Christmas has been declared politically incorrect…Any sign or even mention of Christmas in public can lead to complaints, litigation, protests and threats. America’s favorite holiday is being twisted beyond recognition.”
Um, not quite. In reality, there is no War on Christmas. Yet this imaginary battle has become the new right-wing cause celebre, especially for Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, who has focused on this “war” with frightening zeal.
As Dan Savage said last week, this is all part of “the Christian Right’s bizarre belief/assertion that Christians in America are an oppressed majority.”
Rep. Davis is no stranger to right-wing causes. She has, more than once, introduced a bill to ban marriage for gays in the District of Columbia and was an original co-sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Funny how so many of those screaming from the rooftops that Christmas is under attack are all too happy to attack LGBT families. It’s the right-wing Christian thing to do.
Yes, the Davis Christmas resolution passed by a large margin. Why? Because no one wants to vote against Christmas. I can already see the GOP attack ads against those 22 reps who had the guts to vote no, especially Michigan’s own John Conyers, who recited a poem on the House floor blasting the resolution and chiding Congress for allowing itself to be distracted by this non-issue.
Conyers’ poem reads, in part: “‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the House / No bills were passed ’bout which Fox News could grouse.” He then cited, in rhyme, more important issues like those displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war.
Davis, however, finds a store clerk at Wal-Mart wishing her a Godless “Happy Holidays” more threatening. Something had to be done – thus her resolution.
“It was just something that was burning inside me,” Davis told the Daily News.
Did it ever occur to her that maybe she just needed some Zantac?
Send Davis your warmest Holiday Wishes via fax at 202-225-4382 or call 202-225-4261.