Austin, TX, December 2, 2013 – Today, Texas Values announced the launch of statewide ads for the “Merry Christmas Texas” project, a state-wide effort to educate and protect the acknowledgement of Christmas in public schools and ensure the religious liberty of children, parents, teachers, and school administrators. The radio-based ads will run in the largest media markets in Texas: Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/Central Texas, and the greater San Antonio area. The new ads build upon the MerryChristmasTexas.com website launched last month and the Merry Christmas Law (HB 308), authored by State Representative Dwayne Bohac, that was passed with bipartisan support by the Texas Legislature and signed into law earlier this year.
Listen to the Merry Christmas Texas Radio Ad:
The Merry Christmas Law has already helped one school district this Christmas season. A PTA email in Frisco ISD sought to ban a “reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday and “no red/green or Christmas trees.” Texas House Rep. Pat Fallon was informed of this email and quickly helped local residents correct this erroneous information with the help of the new Merry Christmas Law.
“We hope our Merry Christmas Texas effort will educate millions of Texas public school students and parents and our over 1,200 school districts of their protections under the Merry Christmas Law,” said Jonathan Saenz, attorney and president of Texas Values. “It’s time to end the War on Christmas and stop forcing our schools to bow at the altar of political correctness.”
At MerryChristmasTexas.com, Texans can educate themselves about their rights under the Merry Christmas Law and engage on this issue by downloading a summary of the law and sharing with their school district, signing a petition in support of the effort, and reporting how their schools are acknowledging Christmas. In recent years, Texas school districts have seen long and costly court cases over Christmas expressions in Plano and Katy, and controversy in Fort Worth over a Santa Claus appearance.
Texas Values also has a “Merry Christmas Texas” education and celebration event set for December 9th at the Texas Capitol, including a Christmas Party with a special visit from Santa Claus, Christmas-themed displays, and food and refreshments.