A bipartisan bill passed the Texas state legislature that removes the legal risks of saying or using the words “Merry Christmas” in Texas public schools. Designed to fend off what the bill’s sponsors call “ridiculous lawsuits” the bill not only allows the words “Merry Christmas” to be used but also green lights the use of Christmas trees (which teachers can now legally call Christmas trees), menorahs, and nativity scenes so long as more than one religious or secular symbol is reflected.
Texas has seen its share of lawsuits in the ongoing war on Christmas. In 2012 the city of Crockett, Texas was sued by the out-of-state Freedom from Religion foundation for a nativity scene on public property. In 2011 Henderson County Texas made national headlines for a similar ruckus raised over a Christmas display in Athens, Texas.
As reported when the Merry Christmas bill was introduced the legislation is designed to protect school districts and other budget-strapped government operations to give up on defending Christmas lights, displays, events and decorations simply because they lack the resources to fight lawsuits that come from heavily financed organizations from out of state.
Texas Atheists are upset over the bill, saying that the bill is merely intended to promote prominent religions in the region.