Texas has embraced a new law with bipartisan support affirming the First Amendment right for teachers, students, and parents to "acknowledge Christmas on school grounds without fear of censorship, persecution, or litigation". It’s pretty amazing that legislation like this has to be passed in America, but at least Texas holds on to just a little bit of sanity.
"This is all coming because students in Texas have been banned from passing out candy cane pins with a Christmas message. Students are not allowed to use the word 'Merry Christmas' in letters to our troops, renaming the Christmas tree to holiday tree and the Christmas party and Christmas concerts to winter or December concerts, hostility and overreaction to the presence of Santa Claus in school," Glenn explained.
So what does the new law say? MerryChristmasTexas.com explains in their FAQ:
Can my school acknowledge Christmas? Yes. HB 308 guarantees the freedom of acknowledging Christmas for teachers and students in our public schools without fear of censorship, persecution or litigation.
Can teachers and students face punishment for talking about Christmas? No. HB 308 respects the first amendment rights of students and staff and tells school districts that they don’t have to be “speech police” for Christmas expressions. Teachers and students in Texas no longer need fear political correctness run amok, that have led to Christmas Trees being replaced with “Holiday Trees” and simple greetings such as “Merry Christmas” landing a student or teacher in hot water.
Does this new law force school districts to teach about Christmas and other holidays? No, HB 308 states that a school district “may educate” students about the history and cultural impact of Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays.
Does this new law force school districts, staff or students to endorse a particular religion? No. HB 308 specifically states that displays “may not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief.”
"I love this. Thank you, Texas. Thank you for stopping the insanity," Glenn said.