Monday, February 19, 2007

Bill Would Honor Washington and Lincoln Separately

From Cybercast News Service:
( - Enough with "President's Day," which lumps the good leaders in with the mediocre ones. So says one Republican lawmaker, who has introduced a bill that would honor Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln separately -- and by name.

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) re-introduced the "Washington-Lincoln Recognition Act of 2007" last month. (He first introduced the bill in the 107th Congress.)

Under Bartlett's bill, the legal public holiday on the third Monday in February would be known as George Washington's Birthday - just the way it used to be.

Feb. 12, Abraham Lincoln's birthday, would not be a federal holiday. But each year, the sitting president would issue a proclamation, recognizing the anniversary of Lincoln's birth - and urging the American people to observe the day with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

"Presidents' Day is a historical myth that is more damaging because it eliminates Washington's indispensable greatness from our conversations, news stories and school lessons about this federal holiday. H.R. 75 would help correct this ongoing historic mistake," the Christian Coalition quoted Rep. Bartlett as saying.

The Christian Coalition of America is urging its members to support Bartlett's bill.
My Comments:
It's about time - I hope this bill passes. But I'm still trying to figure out what angle the Christian Coalition has in supporting the bill.



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