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article imageAtheists take offence at 'Merry Christmas Bill'

By Sami Zaatari     Jan 4, 2013 in World
Atheists in Texas have come out against a bill that would allow teachers to tell their students "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah".
The legislation is being put forward by Texas Representative Dwayne Bohac (R).
Bohac states that the legislation will allow teachers to express themselves on such holidays without fears of punishment:
Teachers have enough on their plates in Texas without having to worry about litigation for celebrating traditional holidays with their kids. And so that's what all of this is about. We want them to be able to use Christmas greetings or religious displays like the Christmas tree, the menorah, and nativity scenes, which is all consistent with Supreme Court rulings.
Aron Ra, the Texas state director of American atheists, has written out against the bill arguing it could make some students outsiders if they don't subscribe to such beliefs:
While those with the most popular majority religion in this region could use this to earn brownie points with some parents and co-workers, those in the minority position would effectively be ‘outed’ one way or another; whether they chose to participate or whether they chose not to.
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