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Members of Congress barred from saying 'Merry Christmas' in mailings

 
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Members of Congress barred from saying 'Merry Christmas' in mailings
Looks like the PC police have threatened members of the House of Representatives against wishing constituents a "Merry Christmas," if they want to do so in a mailing paid for with tax dollars.

Members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be "franked," or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including "Merry Christmas," can be sent in official mail.

"I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no 'Merry Christmas.' Also told cannot say 'Happy New Year' but can say 'have a happy new year' – referencing the time period of a new year, but not the holiday," said a Hill staffer who requested anonymity.

Another Hill staffer told The Washington Examiner that "we were given that advice after submitting" a draft mailing.

Members of Congress send millions of dollars worth of mail to constituents every year but there are official rules that govern what can and cannot be said in those mailings. Members are barred, for example, from saying anything that might be construed as advocating their re-election.

But saying "Merry Christmas" is also not permitted, according to a Dec. 12 memo from the "Franking Commission Staff" concerning "Holiday Messaging." The memo explains:

Members are unable at the current time to use official resources to record holiday greetings, post on social media/website, or send to constituents in franked mail or e-communications.

[link to campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com]
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"And I know that when I leave savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard. We are not the wolves at the gate, we are the ones who face them."

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matthew 10:22
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12/16/2011 10:07 PM
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Re: Members of Congress barred from saying 'Merry Christmas' in mailings
OP,

Are you a Christian? Let's say you are and YOUR representative is Jewish or Muslim, how would you feel if your non-Christian representative mailed you a Happy Hannukah or Happy Ramadan message every year paid for by tax dollars? Your Congressperson represents people of all faiths and atheists and he/ she doesn't know the beliefs of every individual. There are many "holidays" in this time period, I think a "Happy Holdays" or even a "Season's Greetings" is more appropriate from a Congressperson.