Wednesday, October 03, 2007

House Resolution 635

So, the House of Representatives is "recognizing" Ramadan this year. It took until the month was 2/3 in, but hey, better late than never? Why does Congress have to recognize Ramadan though? I don't understand... but I guess refusal to recognize would certainly make the House out to be a body comprised of Islamophobic bigots. And they did recognize it so I don't mean to insult anyone... I just don't quite see the relevance.


I take that back, maybe this is relevant. Maybe this is something worth showing to all those right-wing talk show hosts who have an axe to grind with Muslims in general. HR 635 resolves that the House of Representatives:

  1. recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world;
  2. expresses friendship and support for Muslims in the United States and worldwide;
  3. acknowledges the onset of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and conveys its respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world on this occasion;
  4. rejects hatred, bigotry, and violence directed against Muslims, both in the United States and worldwide; and
  5. commends Muslims in the United States and across the globe who have privately and publicly rejected interpretations and movements of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence, and terror.

Here you can read the House speeches on this resolution. (Click on the numbers for the full transcripts.)

Here you can read the text of the resolution that was approved.

If you're interested, here you can read the text of the resolution originally proposed.

Here you can see the vote sheet. (It passed "unanimously" 376-0.)


Anonymous said...

Congress Crosses the Line. Where is the Outrage?

Muslims Against Sharia condemn politically correct cowardice of the United States Congress. We call on every American Muslims to contact their congressmen, and voice their disgust with Congress' blatant disregard for the United States Constitution.

Congressional Resolution HRES 635 EH:
"House of Representatives ... acknowledges the onset of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal"

First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"

Amy said...

See the silliness? Outright silliness, and ignorance about Legislative policy. For one thing, a house resolution is not a law, it's not establishing Ramadan as a state holiday even (as, I should mention, I believe Christmas is). It's not going to treat Ramadan any differently than any other month by not scheduling votes, which is the respect given to Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday. (No votes scheduled on that day.)

So HR 635 EH is not a law which can be unconstitutional, in the first place, but seeing as how it is observed both in the United States by a sizable minority, and abroad in many of the countries in which the country's hands are currently embroiled, it is a relevant discussion to take place in the House. Simply acknowledging that 1.5billion people on the planet are entering a time of "fasting and spiritual renewal" is just polite, and courteous. Useless, but polite. But glad you mentioned contacting representatives. I should contact mine, for sure, and convey my respect to him and his colleagues for this polite but useless bill.

How could anyone oppose this, I wonder, except that they really are terrified of Muslims? I dunno.