AUSTIN, TX — On Thursday, Texas Governor Perry signed what has been dubbed the “Merry Christmas bill” into law. The legislation allows schools to display religious symbols such as Christmas trees and nativity scenes as long as at least one other religious image or secular icon is also included. So as long as Jesus is depicted along with another religious figure, such as God or Moses or Noah, the law is satisfied.
In addition, the legislative action now allows staff members and students at the state’s public schools to exchange traditional holiday greetings, such as “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah”, and “You are going to hell you godless scumbag!” without fear of reprisal. Previous law allowed for dirty looks, raised eyebrows, and knee-capping.
“It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m proud that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state,” Perry said at the signing ceremony. “Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion. Except the bad ones that have that evolution or sahara law and stuff. Those are crazy!”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas made a brief statement stating, “What the fuck?”