Friday, June 14, 2013

Merry Christmas Bill, in summer? Texas Republicans with time on their hands will pass anything.

Upside down and inside out, Republicans continue to have difficulty acting out their own ideological belief system. While badgering Democrats about creating jobs, Republicans have no such limit on what they can do. They even have time to pass slop like the constitution defying “Merry Christmas Bill.

Never mind how it contradicts a multitude of conservative talking points:
Huffington Post: During the signing of Texas' "Merry Christmas Bill" on Thursday, Gov. Rick Perry said, "Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion," Perry declared at the State Capitol building in Austin before signing HB 308, which allows public schools to display scenes and symbols of "traditional winter holidays."
Here’s where I’m reminded of the outside groups that have come into states as poll watchers, referendum pushers and lawyers litigating the conservative agenda on corporate spending and gay marriage.
"People of faith too often feel they can't express their faith publicly. And if they dare display it, they find themselves under attack from individuals and organizations that have nothing to do with them or their communities for that matter," Perry continued.
To sum up; under Republican control, the rules are different because their reasons are more justifiable, because I assume, their agenda isn't influenced by liberalism. 

One short aside: This is all it takes to launch a statewide bill for Republicans:
One might wonder why such a law is necessary. Republican state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, who introduced the bill, explained how he had become upset upon hearing from his 8-year-old son that the Christmas tree at his public school was referred to as "a holiday tree." Bohac said, "This is just political correctness run amok."
The article surprisingly goes on to make this great observation:

The U.S. Constitution specifically forbids government preference of one religion over another. A state law called the "Merry Christmas Bill," if only by its name, would seem to defy that principle.

1 comment:

Gareth said...

Even though I don't celebrate the holiday I was in the habit of issuing the "Merry Christmas" greeting to those who did, because I knew this added a little bit of niceness to their day. I'm just that kind of guy. Since the phoney 'War on Christmas' campaign was begun by the Baggers I have dispensed with the practice entirely. Kulturkampf can have unintended consequences.