It feels like…well, Christmas in May! The term “war on Christmas” is a familiar one with many atheists (not all, because many respect these occasions even while choosing not to participate) doing their darnedest to ban any and all mentions or references of Christmas or other religious holiday expressions, such as Hanukkah, on public school property. For too long this has been almost criminalized and has turned into such a litigious matter by a minority of people who go out and look for ways to be offended. Christmas trees were turned into holiday trees. Nativity scenes and menorahs were banned. And any of the beautiful music that happened to mention anything more than Frosty the Snowman was silenced.
The war on Christmas has been waged and in many ways lost over the last handful of years. It’s a war that shows up on time each year and the ridiculous stories of demands abound and the even more ridiculous stories of those who cave to the pressure of a few “offended” people are rampant.
It isn’t grotesque or sexually offensive, it isn’t the naked teens on the walls of Abercrombie, or parts of the “anatomy” regularly hanging in some of the stores, like Spencers, that are in malls throughout the country. It isn’t profane or vulgar….it’s… the Baby Jesus and the word Christmas that leave people convulsing.
But not anymore – or at least almost anymore! Texas, just might be making Christmas legal. Literally. Via the Daily Caller:
After a good amount of hoopla, Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to quietly sign legislation allowing public schools to celebrate Christmas and other winter holidays plainly and explicitly without fear of lawsuits.
The proposed law, dubbed the “Merry Christmas Bill,” sailed easily through both the Texas House and Senate and now awaits the Perry’s signature, reports the Dallas Observer. Vote tallies were 145-2 in the House and 29-0 in the Senate.
With Perry’s signature, the law will take effect beginning in fall 2013 — roughly 120 shopping days before Christmas.
Once again, just another reason to say… God Bless Texas!
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