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    Merry Christmas Bill’ expected to become law in Texas soon

    Ho! Ho! Ho! ?Merry Christmas Bill? expected to become law in Texas soon


    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.
    The text of the bill specifically permits school districts to “educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations.” More importantly and, somehow, controversially, the bill allows “students and district staff” to declare such things such as “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” and even the soul-sucking “happy holidays.”


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    I wonder what the reaction would be if someone wrote, "Take that Christian scum!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    I wonder what the reaction would be if someone wrote, "Take that Christian scum!"
    If someone actually wrote that, they would probably be considered to be a piece of shit by most.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    I wonder what the reaction would be if someone wrote, "Take that Christian scum!"
    This is done all the time to Christians (and to lesser extent Jews) in so many words. Atheists only exist to disparage people for their religious beliefs. Which is pretty funny since they believe in nothing. Atheists are a lazy bunch!

    Regardless, I am glad to see that thay are going to pass a law that prevents people from ruining other people's holidays just because they don't want to participate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meridian5455 View Post
    I am glad to see that thay are going to pass a law that prevents people from ruining other people's holidays just because they don't want to participate.
    It's about more than mere desire not to participate. When the state endorses a religious belief or beliefs over others, it excludes non-adherents from the political/social community, thus failing Justice O'Connor's Endorsement test (first articulated in Lynch v. Donnelly in her concurrence), a test that has occasionally been used by the Court since it was articulated; the test was cited by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District 21 years later. The law also probably fails the Lemon test, as it: 1) may not have a secular purpose; 2) has a primary effect of advancing religion; and 3) probably involves an excessive entanglement of government and religion, in making sure nobody crosses a constitutional line.

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    You need to pass a law to be able to give holiday greetings to each other? Wow... There's a really fucked up country South of our Canadian border.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    You need to pass a law to be able to give holiday greetings to each other? Wow... There's a really fucked up country South of our Canadian border.
    It has become that way anymore because of a small very vocal minority who bitch and complain about stuff like that. Most people I know don't mind it and will say Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukah or Merry Christmas and no one minds. I am not a Christian, but I am not in the least bit offended by someone who doesn't know this wishing me a Merry Christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    You need to pass a law to be able to give holiday greetings to each other? Wow... There's a really fucked up country South of our Canadian border.
    Political Correctness has been taken to an extreme. Atheists end up filing lawsuits against schools because they get offended when someone says "Christmas" or whatever holiday they're celebrating. It's gotten to the point where Schools have started to call them "Holiday Trees" rather than Christmas Trees. It's rather stupid, if you ask me. As a Texan, I applaud the Legislature for passing this and do hope Governor Perry will sign this.
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