And now there are three: Alabama has joined Texas and Tennessee in crafting legislation that would protect the right of schools to use the term “Merry Christmas” without fear of recrimination or lawsuit. State Senator Gerald Allen, piggy-backing on a trend started in Texas with their recent passage of the Merry Christmas Bill, is pushing a bill that he said will allow for traditional holiday greetings and holiday symbols, such as a Christmas tree or a menorah in public schools.
Allen said his bill would allow schools to display symbols of traditional winter holidays such as a nativity scene, Christmas tree or menorah.
He said the displays would have to either show the symbols of more than one religion or include a mixture of religious and secular symbols.
Allen said that might include a nativity scene and Santa Claus or a bulletin board that had Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays sayings. He said the displays could not encourage the adherence to any particular religion.
Allen said he is bringing the bill to protect schools from litigation.
â€œIâ€™m convinced that there is an undeniable secular progressive agenda to remove all religious freedoms from the public square and that includes our public schools,â€ Allen said.
Allen said his bill would also protect the rights of public school educators to offer Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah greetings without fear of a lawsuit.
Allen said he didnâ€™t know of an instance where a lawsuit had been filed over such a greeting, but he said teachers and administrators should be able to express themselves without fear.
It is difficult to tell is this measure in Alabama will pick up the steam it gained in Texas. Texas has been home to several out-of-state backed lawsuits surrounding Christmas in public school and in the public arena. Alabama has not suffered from near as many high profile cases and the voting public in Alabama may see this as frivolous.