Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges. He also stressed that freedom of religion is not the same thing as freedom from religion. “I realize it’s only June. But it’s a good June and the holidays are coming early this year,” Perry said. ” It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m glad that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state.”
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Dwayne Bohac of Houston, said he drafted it after discovering that his son’s school erected a “holiday tree” in December because any mention of Christmas could spark litigation. “We hope that this is a fire that will take off and become laws in the other 49 states,” said Bohac, who said his bill has attracted national attention.