Georgia becomes the newest state to embrace legislation protecting Christmas in public schools. A measure similar to Texas’ Merry Christmas Bill has passed the state senate in Georgia and now moves on to the legislature. Senate Bill 283, passed on Tuesday, February 4th, by a vote of 43-8.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, would allow local school systems to educate students about the history of “traditional winter celebrations” and let students and staff offer “traditional greetings” such as “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah.”
Displays involving such symbols as a menorah, Christmas tree or Nativity scenes would be protected as long as they included more than one religion or one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol.
Not everyone is sure how clear SB 283 is. The bill doesn’t define what it means by secular symbol. And its line about allowing a display with a secular symbol and one religion have left some, including the Georgia School Boards Association, wondering whether that allows the promotion of a particular religious belief over others.