Religion

Texas Atheists Oppose 'Merry Christmas Bill'

| by Michael Allen

The American Atheists branch in Texas is opposing a bill which would allow teachers in Texas to tell their students “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” on school grounds.

The 'Merry Christmas bill' was pre-filed by Texas State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (pictured), who was inspired to draft the bill after learning his son’s school used the phrase “holiday tree” instead of “Christmas tree,” reports RawStory.com.

Aron Ra, the Texas State Director of American Atheists, wrote on his blog: “While those with the most popular majority religion in this region could use this to earn brownie points with some parents and co-workers, those in the minority position would effectively be ‘outed’ one way or another; whether they chose to participate or whether they chose not to."

“It will not only advance the already dominant religion in this country, but will also invariably inhibit less-popular faiths, and it will certainly result in ‘excessive government entanglement’ with religion.”

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Texas State Rep. Bohac said in December: “Our school officials and teachers have enough on their plate without having to worry about frivolous lawsuits for celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah. It’s my intent to offer protection for school officials and teachers by codifying Supreme Court precedent and providing bright lines.”