Christmas is saved. Though, it’s unclear how much danger it was actually in to begin with. Lawmakers in the state of Texas have passed House Bill 308, better known to some as the “Merry Christmas Bill.”
The bill allows public school teachers to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” in class and lets them display Christmas trees, nativity scenes and menorahs, according to a local FOX affiliate.
The idea came from State Representative Dwayne Bohac, who said it was inspired by his son. “I asked him how his day was. He told me excitedly that they had decorated the holiday tree with holiday ornaments,” Bohac says, “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.”
Bohac believes there are other things teachers should be worrying about, besides whether than can wish someone a Merry Christmas in class or not. Linda Bridges, president of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, believes there are far more important issues for Texas lawmakers to be focusing on, though. “I think I can honestly say I’ve never had a question from a teacher about what they can and can’t do around holidays,” Bohac says, “I think we really have to say does this help education when we are caught up in discussions that have become pure partisan discussions that is not the way we should be looking at education.”
The bill now heads to Governor Rick Perry’s desk for approval. If it’s signed into law, the bill will go into effect September 1.