Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the "Religious Freedoms Bill" today, which says public school students and officials can use religious phrases such as “Merry Christmas” (video below).
The bill also allows religious holiday symbols such as menorahs or nativity scenes on school property.
“I’m proud we are standing up for religious freedom in our state. Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion," stated Gov. Perry, noted RawStory.com.
State Senator Robert Nichols added: “I think it was Thomas Jefferson who said the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. One of those freedoms is the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and as the governor was saying the Constitution refers to the freedom of religion, not the freedom from religion.”
“So, challenges to these freedoms that we enjoy can come in a lot of different ways. They can come in very large ways like the war on terror or our freedoms can be taken away in small ways like the removal of a Christmas tree from a classroom.”
State Rep. Dwayne Bohac, who sponsored the bill, claims it will protect public schools from “ridiculous” lawsuits, reports the Associated Press.
However, in reality, any law can be challenged in court.