WASHINGTON (KKTV) - A Colorado lawmaker feels a "vocal minority" have tried to ban Christmas traditions and references from the public square.
Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn is the sponsor of House Resolution 637, titled " 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."
"For many Americans, Christmas is a time for remembrance and celebration," Rep. Lamborn said in a release sent out on Monday. "We reflect on Jesus' message of sacrificial love and ultimate peace. It is a season filled with gratitude and joy. Yet a vocal minority have made a concerted effort to ban any and all Christmas traditions and references from the public square. This is an attack on the religious expression rights given to us in the Constitution. That's why I introduced this resolution to defend the religious liberty of all Americans. It would protect the public expression of Christmas traditions like nativities, trees, and saying 'Merry Christmas.' I urge its passage."
The resolution was introduced on Nov. 30. It was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The resolution's text reads as follows:
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.