A state lawmaker wants "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hanukkah" in public schools instead of political correctness.
State Rep. Dwayne Bohac from Houston filed the "Merry Christmas Bill."
He said the legislation would let Texas public schools acknowledge and educate students on traditional winter holidays like Christmas, which is a federal holiday, and protect them from lawsuits.
It also clarifies the right of school districts and staff to use traditional greetings.
"During this time every year, I hear from numerous constituents who believe the words 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Hanukkah' should be protected and not subject to censorship in our public schools," he said. "These parents and educators want the freedom to decorate Christmas trees, use traditional holiday greetings, display Menorahs and generally celebrate these traditional winter holidays on school grounds. This common-sense legislation tracks Supreme Court precedent which has made it clear that such expressions and displays are, indeed, permissible."
Bohac said he got the idea after his son came home from school in the first grade and talked about how students decorated a "holiday tree" with "holiday ornaments."