Gov. Perry signs 'Merry Christmas' bill, stands up for religious freedom

Gov. Perry signs 'Merry Christmas' bill, stands up for religious freedom
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POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 1:32pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 9:50am

AUSTIN, TX (OFFICE OF RICK PERRY) — Gov. Rick Perry today signed House Bill 308, which allows public school students and staff to use traditional holiday greetings and display religious scenes and symbols on school property. The governor was joined by bill author Rep. Dwayne Bohac and sponsor Sen. Robert Nichols for the signing ceremony.

“I’m proud we are standing up for religious freedom in our state,” Gov. Perry said. “Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion, and people of faith often feel like they can’t express that faith publicly. HB 308 works to address that by ensuring that people of all faiths are free to use traditional holiday greetings, and display religious scenes and symbols, even on school property. It ensures freedom of expression where, for many students, teachers and administrators, it’s most important.”

HB 308 ensures that adherence to one particular religion is not in practice, but rather allows the freedom of expression toward religious holidays to be a part of our schools. By allowing teachers to display various holiday symbols associated with certain religions, they are able to educate students about the history and roots of different religions.

"I am proud to have authored the Merry Christmas Bill which allows students, parents, teachers and administrators the freedom to acknowledge traditional winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah in Texas public schools without fear of litigation or punishment," Rep. Bohac said. "When I picked up my 6-year-old, first grader from school and found out school districts and teachers felt pressured by political correctness to change the way they refer to ‘Christmas trees’ and Santa and holiday music, I had enough. HB 308 protects schools and teachers from ridiculous litigation and restores common sense by placing Supreme Court precedent into Texas Law."

"I have heard from many constituents who dislike that it is becoming less culturally acceptable to openly celebrate these holidays in the ways past generations have," Sen. Nichols said. “To me, this is a matter of helping our teachers and administrators feel safe talking about these holidays at school without fear of legal action being taken against them, and of letting our children know that it’s okay to say ‘Merry Christmas.’” 

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Great News ! We have always had that for years it's only in the last few years its been a issue !!!
Our country was founded on it, our rights should be protected.

I wish all states would follow. I greatly appreciate this !!!

Your freedom of speech and religion shouldn't limit the expression of mine. I know of people who work for the SU food service that have been corrected by their supervisors for saying Merry Christmas on campus.

IF THERE IS FREE SPEECH FOR THE PEOPLE.. WHO DON'T WON'T GOD OR ANY TYPE OF RELIGION IN SCHOOL'S...THEN THERE SHOULD BE FREE SPEECH FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DO...IF THEY DON'T WANT TO HAVE THERE CHILDREN INVOLED THEN DON'T LET THEM BE...YES I BELIVE IN GOD WE HAVE A CHRISTMAS PARTY NOT A HOLIDAY PARTY...THANK YOU GOV. PERRY.....

I'm looking forward to seeing the Muslim decorations hanging in the schools! Happy Ramadan!

A giant step for Christians.....and for all those who don't agree....may God wrap his arms of love around you and show you the light. May His spirit enter your heart and open your eyes.

Now can they work on jobs and paying for that fertilizer factory explosion?

Christian Holiday, Christian Nation, good job Gov.Perry

I agree whole hardheartedly! If others don't wish to share in our religions and beliefs, then return to your country that has your beliefs and religions

It's about time that someone stands up and fights for the rights of the majority. glad to hear this news now the rest of the states need to follow suit.

I don't agree with our government or schools being involved with religion. I'd like the word God to be taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance, and not just be "optional". However, if kids are to learn the truth of History, which is full of religion, than it must be the truth, from historical and not religious sources. The displays could be an opening for kids to explore the diversity and content of various religions in a fun medium, therefore enhancing their knowledge of aspects of our world. As

@Cali, all of our children don't get exposure to morality as they did back in the day. They don't get a taste of religion as not all homes are Ozzie and Harriet homes. Many parents work and are single parents.allot oh homes are not the best learning environment for growing with right and wrong. So where Cali will they find the right path? Those with out guidance ,but have only diversity do grow, and many end up in on a path to our penal system to teach them. So where do give them this?

There are other countries that dont have GOD in their country, try going there and living.. America was based on Christian values..

Love it, Maybe Kansas can follow suit. I get tired of not being able to show my faith because of others that don't like it. We are made of many people and many religions, it's called AMERICA.

Gov. Rick Perry, I agree with your ruling about freedom of Religion. Not being held back by some laws that aren't meaniful. This country is built on freedom from day one. Let's keep here what our forefather's kept way back when. Freedom of Speech!!!

Gov Rick Perry, I agree with your ruling about freedom of Religion. Not being held back by some laws that aren't meaniful. This country is built on freedom from day one. Let's keep here what our forefather's kept way back when. Freedom of Speech!!!
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Best news I've heard in years! Good for you Gov. Perry, my kind of person. With luck this will nove across our country quickly!!

Teala, i agree with you wholeheartedly but with PRAYER this will move across our country in God's divine timing. :)

Finally! I only wish all states would follow suit.

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