This week, Texas Values announced the launch of 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 new effort builds upon the Merry Christmas Law (HB 308), authored by State Representative Dwayne Bohac, that was passed with bipartisan support by the Texas Legislature and was signed into law earlier this year.
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.
“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 end the fear caused by political correctness. This common sense law provides a solid roadmap for public school officials to follow and should help school districts respect First Amendment rights and avoid costly litigation,“ concluded Saenz.
Christmas has been recognized as a federal holiday by the United States since the 1870’s. Landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases have made it clear that such expressions and displays are permissible. 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.