Texas famously passed a Merry Christmas Bill last summer designed to protect schools from lawsuits over the celebration of Christmas. The law might protect schools from out-of-state grinches but it does nothing to protect it from the loons within their own public school system. Nichols Elementary School in Frisco, Texas – a swanky suburb of Dallas – is ruffling feathers for holding a “winter celebration” that bans red and green, Christmas trees and the mention of any holidays.
Does the ban run afoul of the new Texas law known as the Merry Christmas Bill?
The law protects those who want to celebrate Christmas. But it does nothing to stop a school or administrator or educator from banning it from within.
There was no secret of the ban at the school. It was all sent home in writing in advance of the event.
The parent forwarded an email sent out by the organizer of the school’s winter party, and in it, there were three rules listed for the party: no reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday, no red, green or Christmas trees, and nothing that will stain the carpet.
The concerned parent emailed the legislator who wrote the Merry Christmas Bill, Pat Fallon, and the lawmaker promptly reminded all interested parties that it was OK to say “Merry Christmas”. But that was about all that could be done. Nothing in the law prevents a school from banning Christmas on its own.
“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 â€˜holiday’ and go to â€˜winter.’ That’s political correctness gone too far.”
Fallon says he called the superintendent, and was told the party rules were not a district policy. Then he was told by the district’s PTA that kids could say “Merry Christmas.”
But then he got a second email from a PTA member. It was a message to other party organizers that read, “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.”
“It’s my understanding that nothing has changed,” said Fallon.
So, law or no law, they won’t be celebrating Christmas at the winter party at Nichols Elementary in Frisco, Texas this year.
(Texas, by the way, has taken to radio airwaves to remind folks that saying Christmas in public is OK. Just in case anyone forgets).