U. S. Muslims view holiday resolution as sign of acceptance
Congress commemorates Ramadan
Oct 30, 2007
U.S. Muslims are welcoming a congressional resolution commemorating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as an important, if symbolic, sign that they are gaining acceptance in America.
Still, conservative critics say the resolution is an exercise in political correctness.
Congress regularly passes resolutions commemorating holidays such as Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. But the vote on October 2 marked the first time that Congress had passed a resolution recognizing Ramadan, which ended October 12 this year.
The resolution was introduced by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D., Tex.) and cosponsored by 30 other representatives, including Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), Congress’s first elected Muslim.