Texas State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) is proposing legislation that would allow public school officials to use words such as “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah," reports YourHoustonNews.com.
State Rep. Bohac claims that his 'Merry Christmas Bill' will guarantee “the right to celebrate on school property with displays associated with those holidays, including Menorahs, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes.”
State Rep. Bohac told YourHoustonNews.com: “This bill originated when I picked up my first-grade son from school last year and asked him how his day went. He told me that his class had decorated their holiday tree with holiday ornaments. When I asked what a holiday tree was, he told me it was the same as a Christmas tree. After inquiring with school officials as to why the term 'holiday tree' was being used, it became apparent that the school was fearful of litigation.”
“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.'"