All summer long Texas made news with passage of their Merry Christmas Bill, a measure that allows the words “Merry Christmas” to be used without consequence in schools and gives freedom to teach winter holiday history without the risk of law suits. Now Tennessee wants to do the same thing.
A bill sponsored by State Sen. Stacey Campfield would allow the history of winter celebrations to be taught in schools.
The proposal would allow students and staff to use traditional greetings like “Merry Christmas.” Students could also display winter celebration scenes or symbols under certain conditions.
Sen. Campfield says people shouldn’t be limited to just saying “Happy Holidays.”
“People are terrified nowadays to practically say ‘Merry Christmas’ to anybody for fear they’re going to get sued… or ‘Happy Hanukah’ or whatever… I think, you know, we shouldn’t have that problem… If they want to say ‘Merry Christmas,’ then they should be able to say ‘Merry Christmas,'” said Campfield.
Sen. Campfield said he got the idea for the bill from a constituent who contacted him on Facebook and asked whether he had heard about the similar measure that Gov. Rick Perry passed in Texas.