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Hastings: "I'm no grinch"

Iowa Rep. Steve King, is blasting 9 of his colleagues for voting "no" on his resolution "honoring the Christian holiday of Christmas."

In a press release, the Republican says the no votes "shocked Capitol Hill observers after votes on similar resolutions honoring the holidays of Islam and Hinduism passed without any NO votes."

"The naysayers didn't make it to the floor to debate," King said on Fox News today. "I would like to know how they could 'yes' on Islam, 'yes on the Indian religions and 'no' on Christianity. The foundation of this nation and this culture is Christian....I think there's an assault on Christianity in America."

One of those 'naysayers,' - Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, said the resolution had little to do with Christmas.

Instead, he said, "it was another sad attempt by conservative Republicans to skew the line between church and state and impose their belief that America is a Christian nation.

"America is not a Christian nation," Hastings said. "It is a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and everyone in between. Our diversity is our strength and those who seek to use religion as a litmus test are doing a disservice to all of us."

As for the "assault on Christianity," Hastings said, "all someone has to do is visit a shopping mall, turn on the radio or TV or look at the Christmas trees sitting on the front lawns of the White House and the United States Capitol to realize that no such assault is underway."