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Texas state rep’s ‘Merry Christmas’ bill protects right to holiday greetings

By Samantha Kimmey
Thursday, December 20, 2012 17:03 EDT
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A Republican state representative in Texas is concerned that the right to say “Merry Christmas” in schools is under threat — so he’s pushing legislation to codify the right to various holiday greetings, reported the Fort Bend Sun.

Dwayne Bohac, a representative from Houston, has pre-filed a “Merry Christmas Bill” which recognizes the right of students, teachers and faculty to celebrate their respective religious holidays on school campuses. That includes the right to display menorahs, Christmas trees and scenes of the Nativity as well as to proclaim “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah.”

Bohac explained to the paper, “These parents and educators want the freedom to decorate Christmas trees, use traditional holiday greetings, display Menorahs and generally celebrate these traditional winter holidays on school grounds.” He went on to cite Supreme Court precedent that recognizes those rights.

He says the legislation was inspired by his son, who told him that his first-grade class had created a “holiday tree,” a term Bohac said was used to avoid litigation and “frivolous lawsuits.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which has been the target of some blame regarding where and when someone can say “Merry Christmas,” claims on its website that it has no problem with Christmas. “The constitutional rights of people to worship, preach, sing carols, and celebrate Christmas in their churches and with their families and friends — whether in public or in private — is well-protected,” it writes. “The ACLU itself has advocated on behalf of people who want to celebrate Christmas. The real question is not whether people can celebrate Christmas (they most certainly can), but whether the government should be promoting religious beliefs and practices (it most certainly shouldn’t).”

[Image: Merry Xmas Greeting Handwritten On A Small Slate Chalkboard Lying On Old Textured Wooden Boards on Shutterstock]

 
 
 
 
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