The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

TX school will defy state law that allows students to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Pat Fallon

State Rep. Pat Fallon

Obamacare may be “settled law” and, therefore, inviolate, but other laws apparently aren’t as ironclad. Take HB 308, aka the Merry Christmas Law, signed into law in Texas earlier this year by Gov. Ricl Perry. The law makes it permissible for students and staff at schools in the Lone Star State to say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” and similar holiday greetings.

But Nichols Elementary School, in Frisco, is thumbing its nose at the law. An email sent out to parents informs them of three rules of conduct it intends to enforce at this year’s “winter party. There will (1) no reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday, (2) no red or green or Christmas trees, and (3) nothing will stain the carpet.

Republican State Representative Pat Fallon, who co-authored HB 308, told My Fox DFW that he agrees with number three, but not one or two.

“We’re celebrating Christmas, so why can’t it be a Christmas party or maybe a holiday party?” said Fallon. “But they’ve skipped over ‘holiday’ and go to ‘winter.’ That’s political correctness gone too far.”

After the story made headlines, the party organizers at first caved, but then quickly reinstituted the no-holiday-greetings posture. A PTA member sent an email reading:

Today at the PTA meeting it was stated that they had decided to keep everything the same. She said they didn’t want to offend any families and since each family donates money they feel this is the best policy.

One parent said that the school is very diverse, but the rules don’t make sense.

Parent Rosie Ciullo told Fox that the school is “very diverse” but that the ban doesn’t make sense.

The kids that [sic] are used to saying Christmas. They should be able to say ‘Merry Christmas,’ and the one who doesn’t want to say ‘Merry Christmas,’ don’t say it — say it your way.

This week, Texas Values, a conservative group, released a radio ad as a holiday reminder of the new law. The spot is running in the four largest media markets in the state, and closes with the voice of a child saying, “And remember, it’s OK to say ‘Merry Christmas.”

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  • Xavier

    Fire, fine, jail, and strip their teaching credentials.

  • Nordicelt

    Good for the school. Apparently there are some pockets of sanity left here & there. I would hope, some day, to see a massive backlash against this “political correctness”, in all of it’s forms, & a backlash against that little “cult” that is pushing this P.C.down our throats,..
    And we all know who that cult is,..don’t we,.?

    • http://gravatar.com/geoffreybritain Geoffrey Britain

      You’re confused? The school is saying that the students are NOT allowed to say “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Hanukkah”, etc.

  • http://gravatar.com/geoffreybritain Geoffrey Britain

    Why is a LAW needed to proclaim that students and staff may say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc.? What happened to the first amendment in Texas schools?

    • Howard Portnoy

      Excellent point.

    • Shiloh

      1st Amemdment rights? What is that? Atheists have made sure that most of the non-atheists’ rights are drying up. Pretty soon you wont be able to even think about anything religious based in your own head! Damn shame.

    • cozmo

      It was a pre-emptive strike by the republican congress and Rick Perry to over rule any overly PC local governments.

      It is not a law saying you must do something, but a law saying you cannot be persecuted or prosecuted if you want to do something.

      It was a blatant middle finger in the eye to liberal PC types who have been waging a war against Christmas.

      • Howard Portnoy

        Middle finger in the eye! Usually, I’m opposed to mixed metaphors, but that one works.