Merry Christmas Bill Passed in Texas, Governor Will Sign Into Law

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 29, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Merry Christmas bill: Legislation that would allow students and school districts to use religion-derived greetings such as Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah has been passed by the Texas legislature.

The bill now needs signing by Governor Rick Perry before going into law.

Dwayne Bohac of Houston introduced the bill because of what happened one day after he picked his 6-year-old son after school.

“I asked him how his day was. He told me excitedly that they had decorated the holiday tree with holiday ornaments,” Bohac told Fox News. “I was a little bit flabbergasted and a little bit upset that we’ve become so politically correct that we can’t call a federal holiday by its name.”

The bill also allows displays of Christmas trees, menorahs, and nativity scenes.

“Teachers have enough on their plate to worry about the school districts going to be sued or if they can call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree,” Bohac said.

Governor Perry’s spokesman Josh Havens told the Huffington Post that Perry supports the bill. “This bill is about the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” he said.

 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.