Texas State Rep. Dwayne Bohac has had enough.
“If I hear it referred to one more time as a holiday tree or a holiday party, I’m going to throw up,” he told Fox News.
So the Republican lawmaker from Houston has introduced legislation to protect traditional Christmas greetings, decorations and displays in public schools. The bill is appropriately titled, “Merry Christmas Bill.”
“I’m taking these rulings by the Supreme Court and codifying them in a state law to give teachers and administrators a safe harbor to point to when drafting their policies regarding winter celebrations,” Bohac said.
The “Merry Christmas Bill” would afford students and teachers the right to celebrate Christmas on school property with displays including Menorahs, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes. It would also clarify the right of school districts to use traditional greetings such as “Merry Christmas,” Happy Hanukkah,” or “Happy Holidays” on school grounds.
“I think it’s sad that I have to file a bill like this,” Bohac told Fox News. “But because of the censorship going on in our public schools and the fear of litigation teachers live with – I’m trying to provide a measure of protection.”
Bohac said he was inspired to introduce the legislation after a conversation he had with his first grade son. His son told him about their classroom’s holiday tree decorated with holiday ornaments.
“When I asked what a holiday tree was, he told me it was the same as a Christmas tree,” he said.
Bohac said school administrators told him they used the term “holiday” because they were afraid of getting sued.
“I think it’s silly that we can’t refer to a Christmas tree as a Christmas tree – that public schools in Texas don’t feel comfortable putting out Nativities,” he said. “They don’t feel comfortable calling a classroom party a Christmas party. It’s time we do something about it and it’s time we put something into Texas state law.”