Louisiana law makers love Christmas. Not a single lawmaker in Louisiana cast a “no” vote on that’s state’s version of the Merry Christmas Bill.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed legislation that would allow for holiday symbols to be displayed in public schools as long as items representing multiple religions or secular belief systems are represented. No part of the display could promote adherence to a particular religion.
Educators would also be authorized to teach children about the “traditional celebrations in winter” and offer greetings such as “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Kwanzaa”.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Alan Seabaugh, has said the proposal is largely based on a Texas law that has been upheld in court. He said he was confident that the law would be upheld by the courts if legal challenges from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) materialized. The ACLU typically frowns on religious symbols being placed in public schools and government buildings.