Gov. Rick Perry signs ‘Merry Christmas’ bill

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It was Christmas in June on Thursday after Gov. Rick Perry signed the Merry Christmas Bill that “protects Texan’s right to acknowledge traditional winter holidays on school grounds.”

School children and teachers are now safe from politically correct persecution to wish each other a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. Children can now safely decorate a “Christmas tree,” instead of that nonsensical “Holiday” tree.

Republican Texas Rep. Dwayne Bohac was inspired to write the bill after his young son reported how he and his classmates decorated the school’s “holiday tree with holiday ornaments,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

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When Bohac contacted the school, “the school district told him they didn’t use terms like Merry Christmas because they feared litigation,” the article said.

Now, as the Merry Christmas Bill website proclaims:

Whether it’s Christmas or Hanukkah, our children, teachers, parents and school administrators should have the freedom to acknowledge these traditions in our public schools without fear of censorship, punishment, persecution or litigation. The Merry Christmas Bill guarantees that freedom.

With Santa Clauses on hand ringing sleigh bells to celebrate the law’s passage, Perry said, “It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m proud that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state. Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion,” the paper reported.

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"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR
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  • Chavaleh

    I want to move to Texas!!

  • Taddle

    Chavaleh,

    Yes Texas is a great place. Lowest per capita income, highest teen pregnancy rate, highest poverty rate,highest infant mortality rate, one of the worst educational systems, but they do force you to pray to Christ in public school whether your Christian or not. Yes Texas would be a paradise for you. By the way GO Heat destroy the Spurs.

    • George A

      Your eyes must be Brown and it's not from the color you were born with !!

    • Dpeople

      It is often said that to remind silent and appear ignorant is exponentially better than to speak and remove all doubt. It is obvious you have no clue of what you have written. Texas has never forced anyone to pray to Christmas, or even pray at all. You are making illogical conclusions from limited personal knowledge.

      Further, your statistics regarding education, teen pregnancy, infant mortality, and poverty can be attributed, in large part to millions of illegal immigrants that live and roam free in Texas at the expense of tax paying Texans. The Education system is a product of years of failed US Dept of Education policies and forced doctrine of ignorance. Measure the net migration of Texas vs. other States and you quickly find that people disrupt their lives, often at risk to life, to live in places that foster the free human soul and nourish it.

    • Kenneth Clark

      The Infant mortality rate in Texas is far less than the infant mortality rate in Planned Parenthood Clinics.

  • http://www.bizpacreview.com Katherine Scanlan

    FINALLY, someone is standing up to all of this ridiculousness. Thank you, Gov. Perry. This makes me proud to be a Texan.

    • RUSerious

      Glad you are happy about this waste of time and tax payer money, wishing someone 'Happy Christmas' was never illegal.

      • Kenneth Clark

        But people like you would rather it be.

  • Joan

    No one forces you to pray in schools or anyplace. Prayer is personal. It inspires one to think a little differently. —about others in need. Maybe Texas will inspire othe state to do the same.

    • RUSerious

      Joan, wishing anyone 'Merry Christmas' was never illegal, this is a complete waste of our time and money.

  • RUSerious

    Since using the phrase 'Merry Christmas' was never illegal, this shows how out of touch and what a complete lack of competent government Texas has. Remember 'Jobs, etc.?

    • Kenneth Clark

      Yes, Texas does remember jobs and has created more of them that most other states. However, this current Administration could take some lessons from Texas in that regard. Instead they would rather spend everything they can get their hands on to arm our enemies, take luxurious trips, run around campaigning for their buddies and oppressing our rights, spying on the citizensand a whole host of other nonessentials. Jobs has no plase with them. Freebees do though.

  • Mary C. Parsons

    It is a shame that this kind of bill had to be written and signed. I am hoping that other states have the guts to pass this same bill, if they are threatened with litigation. Kudos to Rick Perry for signed this bill.