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With a mea­sure he dubbed his “Merry Christ­mas Bill,” Rep. Dwayne Bo­hac, R-Hous­ton, said he is try­ing to clar­ify the right of pub­lic school stu­dents and staff mem­bers to use greet­ings such as “Merry Christ­mas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Hol­i­days” on school grounds, also not­ing that dis­plays such as meno­rahs, Christ­mas trees and Na­tiv­ity scenes should be al­lowed at schools.

Robin Or­lowski: What about a bill re­quir­ing that our schools be ad­e­quately funded, that we al­low crit­i­cal think­ing in the schools, that we have up-to-date text­books?

Clau­dia Thi­bodeau Gib­son: He should visit a school cam­pus some­time. It’s said all the time. Com­plete waste of tax­payer money here.

An­gela Arnold Pit­man: How about we re­al­ize that “Happy Hol­i­days” isn’t a slight to any­one’s re­li­gion and just be happy that peo­ple are greet­ing you in a friendly man­ner?

Daniel Nor­ton: What waste­ful grand­stand­ing!! Law al­ready ex­ists to pro­tect those who ac­knowl­edge and teach about re­li­gion, and law al­ready ex­ists to pro­tect us from prac­tic­ing re­li­gion in pub­lic schools in such a man­ner that amounts to pros­e­ly­tiz­ing. This bill seems to want to re­move this lat­ter pro­tec­tion.

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