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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.