You Can Now Say 'Merry Christmas' in Texas Schools
'Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion' says Perry
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2013 4:31 PM CDT
This kid now has legal protection—in Texas.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Saying "Merry Christmas" (or "Happy Hanukkah" or even "Have a festive Festivus") is now legally protected in Texas schools, thanks to a new law signed by Rick Perry yesterday. The "Merry Christmas" bill also protects schools from decorating with seasonal religious symbols such as menorahs and nativity scenes—so long as at there is also a symbol from at least one other religion and a secular symbol, the AP reports.

"It's a shame that a bill like this one I'm signing today is even required, but I'm glad that we're standing up for religious freedom in this state," said Perry, who signed the bill to cheers and bell-ringing from a local group called the Lone Star Santas ("A group for men and women who live in Texas, and portray Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elves and helpers," according to its website. "The only rule for this group is to talk and act the way Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves and helpers would.") "Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion," he added.

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Jun 16, 2013 10:24 PM CDT
Please Santa, I'd like a Red Ryder Assault Rifle with the Carbine Action and a Compass in the stock. I promise that I won't shoot my eye out. Merry Christmas Everybody.
Jun 16, 2013 2:03 AM CDT
It's amusing how much leftie just hates this cause a rightie is involved. Lets not forget the idea that everyone be allowed to express their faith or celebrations is supposed to be a liberal view, or is the liberal view to ban anything the right wants? Seems hard leftie and hard rightie are one in the same.
Jun 15, 2013 10:55 PM CDT
Go Texas !!