It’s Christmas come early in Texas … ‘Merry Christmas Bill’ expected to become law in Texas soon.
It would appear that the following will no longer have to be asked by school children in Texas, “Daddy, why do we have a Christmas tree at home and a Holiday tree at school?”
Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to sign legislation allowing public schools to celebrate Christmas and other winter holidays plainly and explicitly without fear of lawsuits. The proposed law, is called the “Merry Christmas Bill,” has already passed both the Texas House and Senate and now awaits the Perry’s signature. The bill allows “students and district staff” to declare such things such as “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” and even the soul-sucking “happy holidays.” Oh, the ACLU and anti-Christian organizations are going to lose their mind with this. How sad is it that we have to pass a law to prevent a school from doing this to exempt them from being sued? Is the “war on Christmas” over? Hardly, PC libs are sure to challenge it at the first chance. They will get some 7 year old to say they are being made to feel uncomfortable by being wished a Merry Christmas”.
The text of the bill specifically permits school districts to “educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations.” More importantly and, somehow, controversially, the bill allows “students and district staff” to declare such things such as “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” and even the soul-sucking “happy holidays.”
The bill also unambiguously legalizes displays of the religious imagery associated with traditional winter celebrations including nativity scenes, Christmas trees and menorahs. The caveat is that all displays must include imagery from at least two religions or some additional secular symbol. (Messages encouraging adherence to a religion are verboten, too.)
|H.B. No. 308
|relating to a school district’s recognition of and education
|regarding traditional winter celebrations.
|BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
|SECTION 1. Subchapter Z, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
|amended by adding Section 29.920 to read as follows:
|Sec. 29.920. WINTER CELEBRATIONS. (a) A school district
|may educate students about the history of traditional winter
|celebrations, and allow students and district staff to offer
|traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including:
|(1) ”Merry Christmas”;
|(2) ”Happy Hanukkah”; and
|(3) ”happy holidays.”
|(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), a school district
|may display on school property scenes or symbols associated with
|traditional winter celebrations, including a menorah or a Christmas
|image such as a nativity scene or Christmas tree, if the display
|includes a scene or symbol of:
|(1) more than one religion; or
|(2) one religion and at least one secular scene or
|(c) A display relating to a traditional winter celebration
|may not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular
|SECTION 2. This Act applies beginning with the 2013-2014
|SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
|a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
|provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
|Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
|Act takes effect September 1, 2013
- “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” 2012 holiday crackdown
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Any Excuse for a Party … Barack Obama Celebrates Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, Two Weeks Early …
Who knew that it was Hanukkah already?
The fact is, it is not. However, President Barack Obama decided to celebrate Hanukkah two weeks early. As Obama stated, “We never need an excuse for a good party.” Really Mr. President? That’s what you think of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah? It’s just an excuse to have a good party? Oy Vey.
With what Obama has done for Jews lately, is it any wonder why he would celebrate it when ever he damn well felt like it. Because after in the end, all things have to be done on The One’s time, not what traditions states. What a slap in the face.
From the AP …
President Barack Obama is marking Hanukkah as a story of “faith over doubt.”
Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden convened a Hanukkah celebration at the White House Thursday in an early celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Obama said the Hanukkah story was about “right over might, faith over doubt.” In the Hanukkah story, a small band of Jews rededicating a Jerusalem temple found that a one-day supply of oil kindled a flame instead for eight.
The Gateway Pundit reports that Obama even lit all the candles. Geez. The Lonely Conservative has the pic via Drudge. Because lets get our priorities straight, Obama will most likely be in Hawaii at the beach and golfing when Hanukkah actually begins.
UPDATE I: As stated at the Weekly Standard,I bet many unemployed Americans and one’s who have lost their homes and business are not laughing.
But with unemployment at 8.6 percent, and with many having already quit looking for a job, I doubt many Americans would be heartened to hear the president saying he “never need[s] an excuse for a good party.”
Seeing that Barack Obama has no issue with dates and tradition of when things occur, can we move up the 2012 elections to next week as well?