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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

READ: In Jangly Juxtaposition, Rep. Franks Signs On To Defending Nation In War Against Christmas As He Commits To Fight To Defend Bill Of Rights

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (R-CD8) is co-sponsoring a Congressional Resolution to protect the symbols of Christmas from a secular war on the holiday, as he tweets this morning about the defending the Bill of Rights.

Franks is one of 35 Republicans to sign on to Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn's resolution (H.Res.564) stating that Congress "that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas." The annual battles in the so-called War on Christmas were most typified this year by outrage among some Christians (and talk show hosts) when Starbucks' made its annual holiday cups a solid red instead of featuring a Christmas tree.

The resolution that Franks is supporting (no other Arizona Representatives signed on) calls for the protection of Christmas symbols and traditions and "strongly disapproves" of any (private) "attempts to ban references to Christmas" - even though that might infringe on people's First Amendment right to free speech. The resolution attempts to avoid the First Amendment clause prohibiting government establishment of a state religion by noting that Christmas is a national holiday.

Franks co-sponsored the salvo in the War On Christmas this past Friday; this morning, he tweeted celebrating the Bill of Rights - Amendments 1-10 of the Constitutions - and that he will "continue 2 fight & defend these freedoms protecting indiv liberties from government."

 

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