Texas "Merry Christmas" Bill

The Texas Legislature is currently considering House Bill 308—the “Merry Christmas Bill”—filed by State Representative Dwayne Bohac of Houston (R-District 138), and its companion Senate Bill 665 by State Senator Robert Nichols of Jacksonville (R-District 3).

Read the text of the bill here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/html/HB00308I.htm

Supporters of the bill: http://www.merrychristmasbill.com/


Shayne Cheshire's picture

Thanks for the information.

David Waller's picture

First,  I'm not aware of anyone ever being prohibited from saying Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanucha... etc.  so this seems like legislative grandstanding.  Second, I'm All For Anyone exclaiming whatever greeting they like.. season's of otherwise.  Keep it clean around the kiddies... that's my only wish on that.  :)

But What SCARED me... was the lil tid-bit, there toward the end... just one sentiment, expressed twice...  "No one has the right to freedom FROM religion."  There's the problem, right there.  This echos the TX constitution, which in one breath, states there is to be no religious test for any office, and adds words to the effect "except one must profess belief in a supreme being".  Forcing one to express belief in a god IS a religious test!!.  This place worries me.


Jay Brownlee's picture

We already know that if the social conservatives want this, the Republicans will make it happen. So. I propose an amendment. Since I am not a lawyer, I'll leave that up to those more gifted to draw it up.

Let's agree to support the bill with the added amendment that a full lesson be taught explaining the truth of these various holidays- down to their very pagan origins. Furthermore, let's teach the children how the Church co-opted much older traditions to supplant them with their own re religious "traditions". And lastly, I think it might not be a bad idea to go ahead and just allow the kids to understand that the Bible is clearly a human creation, that Jesus' historiocity is questionable at best, and remains one of history's greatest excuses for calls to genocide, slavery, racism, etc etc etc.