In the world of “seriously?!?” this legislative reaction to political correctness gone amok is just seriously sad. By “sad” I mean that it is even necessary in the first place. Unfortunately, it is, and even the new law didn’t stop some schools from banning Christmas.
If you hadn’t heard, this time last year Texas passed a bill that was co-authored by Dwayne Bohac, a Republican, and Richard Raymond, a Democrat, that allows students and teachers alike to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukah” without fear of retribution or lawsuits. The bill “allows students, parents, teachers and administrators the freedom to acknowledge these traditional winter holidays without fear of litigation or punishment and restores common sense by placing Supreme Court precedent into state law,” according to the law’s official website.
The law says specifically:
WINTER CELEBRATIONS. (a) A school district may educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations, and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including:
(1) “Merry Christmas”;
(2) “Happy Hanukkah”; and
(3) “happy holidays.”
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), a school district may display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations, including a menorah or a Christmas image such as a nativity scene or Christmas tree, if the display includes a scene or symbol of:
(1) more than one religion; or
(2) one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol.
(c) A display relating to a traditional winter celebration may not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief.