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War Over Christmas Comes to Congress

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The annual cultural debate over Christmas has come to Congress.

South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown, Jr. and 18 of his fellow House Republicans this week introduced Resolution 951, which makes it clear that Christmas should not be watered down for political correctness.

"I am troubled by the growing sentiment that the phrase 'Merry Christmas' is not appropriate," Brown said in a statement on his web site. "I am worried that attempts to celebrate a 'politically correct' holiday season may cause the loss of some of the traditions sacred to this widely celebrated holiday."

The nonbinding resolution states that it was never the intention of the Constitution's authors to "prohibit any mention of religion or reference to God in civic dialog" when they prohibitied the establishment of an official religion.

It goes on to say that the House "strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas," and "expresses support for the use of… symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas."

"I believe it is important to preserve the right for everyone to worship as they believe," Brown said. "As a Christian, I feel it is also important that I have the right to celebrate Christmas and observe its significance as a national holiday and I strongly believe that wishing someone 'Merry Christmas' should never be met with disapproval."

To further bring his point home, Brown commented that while Christmas is a national holiday, its true meaning is to "celebrate of the birth of Christ."