For years, Americans have been spoon-fed the idea that in order to avoid offending anybody who may be sensitive to certain forms of expression, 1st amendment-protected, open and free speech must be abridged, altered, or muzzled in many cases – especially in settings such as in public schools. The Christmas holiday and the phrase “Merry Christmas” have been one of the most targeted forms of expression in public schools. In Texas, however, that may no longer be the case. As Breitbart.com reported on Saturday, the state of Texas, with an overwhelming majority vote of 145-2 in support, have passed legislation in the house ( HB-308) which allows public schools to “educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations, and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations”. The senate also passed the bill with a vote of 29-0.
The bill specifically mentions that among the greetings to be allowed in schools – without the fear of lawsuits – are: “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Hanukkah”, and “Happy Holidays”.
Furthermore, schools will also be allowed to display “scenes” or “symbols” associated with said winter celebrations, such as a nativity scene, a Christmas tree, or a menorah. However, secular scenes or symbols must also be allowed or represented in some manner.
The bill also specifically states that this freedom of expression is not to be used to “encourage adherence to a particular religious belief”.
In other words, this legislation enables teachers, parents, students, volunteers to freely discuss the historicity of certain holidays and share celebratory greetings relating to such holidays with one another, in public schools, without fear of legal action.
As Breitbart.com writer, Susan Berry, reported, this legislation was introduced by Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston). Bohoc expressed dismay that such a bill would even be necessary in what is supposed to be a nation that embraces and celebrates freedom of speech.
“I was a little flabbergasted and a little upset that we’ve become so politically correct that we can’t call a federal holiday by its name. Teachers have enough on their plate to worry about the school district going to be sued or if they can call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree,” says Bohoc.
In other words, it looks as though the Grinch has, in deed, stolen Christmas, using political correctness as his weapon of choice.
As Susan Berry of Breitbart also added, there are currently two cases pending in Texas relating to the expression of holiday greetings. In fact, Tales of Christmas Past, found on the bill’s website, provides personal accounts of citizens who have experienced or witnessed teachers being threatened with firings for expressing “Merry Christmas”, and different ways in which the spirit of Christmas and of freedom of speech are being oppressed by those who impose political correctness on fellow Americans.
Surprisingly, Linda Bridges, who is the president of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, does not support the bill. In fact, she calls into question the wisdom behind the bill, questioning how this “helps education”, and stating that “this is not the way we should be looking at education”, that this bill amounts to nothing more than “pure partisan discussions”.
Apparently, Linda Bridges does not feel that freedom of speech is an important aspect of American history, education, or society today. She appears content with millions of Americans having their freedom of speech muzzled by political correctness.
Perhaps, the reason why this bill and such topics are considered “partisan” issues by people like Linda Bridges, is because certain individuals in America seem intent on taking away people’s freedoms, using political correctness as a weapon of choice, while others fight to maintain these freedoms, emphasizing a focus on the Constitution of the United States.
The only thing that is left is for Texas governor, Rick Perry, to sign the bill into law.