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Texas Gov. Perry signs ‘Merry Christmas’ bill into law
AP via Fox News ^ | Jun. 13, 2013 2013 5:19 PM ET | Will Weissert

Posted on 06/14/2013 7:38:06 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Surrounded by sleigh bell-ringing Santa Claus impersonators, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges—but also stressed that freedom of religion is not the same thing as freedom from religion.

It was a serious tone for an otherwise fun bill-signing and should bolster the governor’s Christian conservative credentials before he travels to Washington for the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference with the likes of tea party darlings and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Kentucky's Rand Paul and fellow Texan Ted Cruz.

Dubbed the “Merry Christmas” bill, the bipartisan measure sailed through the state House and Senate to reach Perry’s desk.

It removes legal risks of saying “Merry Christmas” in schools while also protecting traditional holiday symbols, such as a menorah or nativity scene, so long as more than one religion and a secular symbol are also reflected.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: christmasbill; religiousfreedom; rickperry; secularsymbols

1 posted on 06/14/2013 7:38:07 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Is this what we’ve come to......a law protecting Christmas....whoda thunk.....


2 posted on 06/14/2013 7:39:54 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Olog-hai

It is sad that it had to come to this to make Merry Christmas officially recognized. Good job Texas and Gov. Perry for making it so.


3 posted on 06/14/2013 7:39:56 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: Olog-hai

Hey, let’s have a Freedom from Liberalism Law. It’s a religion. It is patently offensive. It is shoved down our throats in schools, churches, universities, newspapers, tv, movies, everywhere. Let’s try it.


4 posted on 06/14/2013 7:43:10 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

I”m with ya,,heck,,make a one-day holiday every year, just for starters!


5 posted on 06/14/2013 7:49:00 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Olog-hai

Dang. This will piss off the Pilgrims.


6 posted on 06/14/2013 7:49:14 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: austinaero

I am sure the Dept of Education an the teachers’ union is very saddened by this Christmas development.


7 posted on 06/14/2013 7:49:45 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero

Oh wait!!! It was bi-partisan? NICE!!!!


8 posted on 06/14/2013 7:50:16 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Olog-hai

Rubio is not a Tea Party darling and they need to let him know it. He’s a McCain wannabe and RINO in the truest form of the word.

The atheists are going to explode. I love it!! MERRY CHRISTMAS in June!


9 posted on 06/14/2013 7:50:50 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

Indeed, the reason why such a bill was passed was precisely because liberalism is so dominant and permeates everything in our culture. And , liberlism is hostile to religion. Liberalism is hostile to the point that many are too intimidated to even say the word “Christmas”. A bill like this is a step in the right direction.


10 posted on 06/14/2013 7:52:07 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Olog-hai

Rick Perry should have been our nominee. He stands for everything I believe in and hasn’t backed down.


11 posted on 06/14/2013 7:53:43 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Olog-hai

It’s a damn shame we’ve come to the point where we gotta pass laws protecting people’s rights to celebrate and to say Merry Christmas


12 posted on 06/14/2013 8:01:03 AM PDT by Durbin
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To: jersey117

>> Rick Perry should have been our nominee. He stands for everything I believe in and hasn’t backed down.

I couldn’t agree more. Too bad he got all tangled up when speaking. I pray he gets another chance.


13 posted on 06/14/2013 8:05:46 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Olog-hai

What sickens ME is the fact that the State of Texas felt the need to pass a special LAW to protect the 1st amendment rights of the people.
It appears that the entire Constitution of the United States of America has been declared “null and void”.
A citizen of the state of TAXES (MA.) congratulates the state of TEXAS. Amazing how a swapping of a couple of letters makes such a difference.


14 posted on 06/14/2013 8:11:15 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: mardi59
Rubio is not a Tea Party darling and they need to let him know it. He’s a McCain wannabe and RINO in the truest form of the word.

Hey, we've heard this before. Let's see your proof.
15 posted on 06/14/2013 8:11:16 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: jersey117

I will never forgive Herman Cain for jumping on the ******head bandwagon.
What a shame Perry was recovering from back surgery during the primary’s.


16 posted on 06/14/2013 8:15:20 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Durbin
It’s a damn shame we’ve come to the point where we gotta pass laws protecting people’s rights to celebrate and to say Merry Christmas

I thought this was rather silly at first, but then I remembered all of the liberals who have moved here to take advantage of our good Texas economy.

Its a good thing to keep their liberal, atheistic opinions muzzled.

17 posted on 06/14/2013 8:37:24 AM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: mylife; jersey117

Count me in complete agreement.


18 posted on 06/14/2013 8:49:29 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I was put off by the Gingrich/Cain Alliance as well.
Everyone was **** scared of Perry until they realized he was not on the top of his game.

Then the ridicule started.


19 posted on 06/14/2013 8:53:43 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Olog-hai

Sad we need a law to protect free speech, oh wait we had one... it was #1 on the list.


20 posted on 06/14/2013 8:59:02 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Nervous Tick; jersey117
I couldn’t agree more. Too bad he got all tangled up when speaking. I pray he gets another chance.

I don't. Not that I don't think he might make a decent one....

but do you have ANY idea how hard it is to train one of those suckers?

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LOL! Joking aside, the government of Texas has done us proud!

21 posted on 06/14/2013 8:59:16 AM PDT by MamaTexan (The sign of an educated mind is the ability to entertain a thought without agreeing with it)
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To: mylife

You know what kills me? I see commercials for some kind of laser spine surgery and, to this day, I wonder why Perry couldn’t have gone that route.

If he could have kept up the momentum he had when he entered the race, it would have been all over. I remember a friend of mine saying it looked like Perry was going to be our nominee....he was rolling.

Just damn.


22 posted on 06/14/2013 9:06:11 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: CatherineofAragon

It is what it is.


23 posted on 06/14/2013 9:09:54 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: jersey117

Does he still think that people who don’t support Texas’ law permitting in-state tuition for illegals have no heart?


24 posted on 06/14/2013 12:42:32 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Well, in the grand scheme of things I can look back and say he is solidly pro-gun, pro-God and religious freedom, pro-life, pro-DOMA and pro-business. We’re never going to get 100% but Perry is pretty close to it. If you can come up with a better candidate, great.


25 posted on 06/14/2013 12:55:13 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: jersey117

I’ll take that as a no.


26 posted on 06/14/2013 12:58:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; jersey117
PS. I see that nobody focused on the part I put in italics. This law is not what people have assumed it is, on the surface. It is also a bipartisan bill.
It removes legal risks of saying “Merry Christmas” in schools while also protecting traditional holiday symbols, such as a menorah or nativity scene, so long as more than one religion and a secular symbol are also reflected.
And as others have already pointed out, we already have a First Amendment on the federal level. This law is a bit too European Union-like.
27 posted on 06/14/2013 1:06:56 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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