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Lawmaker fights to preserve ‘Merry Christmas’

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A Texas lawmaker wants you to have more than just "Happy Holidays."

Republican Representative Dwayne Bohac held a news conference at the State Capitol Monday with Santa Claus at his side. Bohac sponsored a bipartisan measure this summer that removes legal risks from exchanging holiday greetings like "Merry Christmas" in the classroom.

It also protects holiday symbols such as a menorah or nativity scene. Bohac says it puts a stop to lawsuits against schools in the name of excessive political correctness. The law also states schools can't favor one religious celebration over another.

“There's kind of a wink and a nod that says we want to be as inclusive as possible during the holiday season which is code for, "Don't say Christmas and don't say Hanukkah," Republican Rep. Dwayne Bohac said.

Individual school districts, boards and principals have had the final say when it comes to political correctness during the holiday season.

"For many years in the state of Texas you've had school districts that have been violating the religious liberty rights of students. At the heart of it, we want people to know it's okay to say Merry Christmas," Texas Values Jonathan Saenz said. "We now have a law that makes it very clear that school districts do not have to be speech police when it comes to this time of year."

Bohac was inspired to take action on this legislation when his son came home from school after decorating a 'holiday tree.'

"I said, ‘What is that word, holiday taking the place of?' He said, “Well, it means Christmas,’" Bohac said.

This law has received little backlash, but the American Civil Liberties Union has been thrown into conversations involving what's been called the "War on Christmas.”

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