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Texas State Rep. Dwayne Bohac Thinks Jesus & Christmas Are So Weak In Texas That Government Regulation Is Needed To Prop Them Up—The Merry Christmas Bill

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Texas State Representative Dwayne Bohac thinks that “traditional” observances of Christmas and Hanukkah are so weak and under threat in Texas that government regulation is required to prop them up.

Here is what Rep. Bohac is proposing for the upcoming legislative session—

“Today, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) pre-filed legislation to protect the freedom of Texas Independent School Districts to acknowledge and educate students on the historic and cultural roots of traditional winter celebrations and holidays such as Christmas and Hanukkah. 

The “Merry Christmas Bill,” which is expected to receive bipartisan support, affords students, parents and educators the right to celebrate on school property with displays associated with those holidays, including Menorahs, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes.  The bill also clarifies the right of school districts and their staff to use traditional winter greetings such as “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Holidays” on school grounds.”

District 138 Representative Bohac represents a portion of Houston in the legislature.

Above you see Mr. Bohac in front of the Christmas Tree that is located in the Texas House chamber in Austin.

Here is speculation about the likely pagan origins of the Christmas Tree tradition from a web site called All About Jesus Christ. I studied this tree for a few minutes on Rep. Bohac’s Facebook page and saw nothing religious on it at all.

I guess Rep. Bohac picks his battles.

Is it really so that teachers and students in Texas can’t say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” to each other? I have not heard any complaint in the current holiday season that these words are not allowed to be spoken in our public schools. Rep. Bohac’s press release that I link to above offers no specific examples of anybody being prohibited from exchanging these holiday greetings in Texas schools.

Are these traditional observances really so weak even here in conservative Texas that they require government regulation to thrive?

Mr. Bohac suggests government regulation just as the extreme right-wing National Rifle Association last week proposed an armed government presence in all schools.

Does Rep. Bohac believe that government regulation is the answer rather than trying to win the minds and hearts of his fellow Texans with a strongly articulated faith and with quality arguments for his views?

Does Rep. Bohac see his God as so weak that he must intercede on His behalf?

How fortunate it is that we have Rep. Bohac and Texas state government to defend Jesus and Christmas, since it appears from the necessity of the Merry Christmas Bill that the God-fearing people of Texas are not up to the task themselves.

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December 27, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. I suspect that as it becomes more apparent to many that God really isn’t in control and that the simple-minded approach of explaining away why bad things happen to good people with such inept comments as “God works in mysterious ways”, people will really question their own faith that has evolved over centuries, all from a pagan source that the Church has cleverly substituted for their own and sustained through death threats here or in an afterlife for those who ignore their silly renditions of a fantasy they created.

    Thus, it is up to the fundamentalists zealots like Bohac to reinstitute Inquisition style practices, albeit mild in comparison to 14th century methods, to force people to practice what he and others refuse to give up on.

    Comment by lbwoodgate | December 27, 2012

  2. Government should be very small, but big enough to help GOD out.

    Comment by katydidknot | December 27, 2012

  3. Teachers and students are allowed to say “Merry Christmas” in schools. Teachers are even allowed to tell gay students that their “lifestyle” is “against God” in Texas. I know this because that happened in a school I worked in, and even though I and others blew a gasket and went to administration, that teacher suffered no consequences for his speech. Texas needs more protections for minorities; the Christian majority is just fine.

    Comment by Barry | December 27, 2012

  4. [...] at Texas Liberal wrote about the silly Merry Christmas bill proposed by Texas State Rep. Dwayne Bohac. If Christmas and Jesus need a boost even here in Texas, then is it really Dwayne Bohac who will be [...]

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  5. You presume that he is doing it to “prop up” the Christian religion because it is weak, even here in Texas. Does that make Neil feel better about his beliefs? Does it make Mr. Aquino feel stronger to suggest Christianity has become weak? There is no doubt that the separation of Church and State has been taken too far in this country. How many religious icons and images have been banished from our federal buildings or songs and pledges are no longer allowed in schools because it OFFENDS someone’s senses? Its about time the Christian believers start pushing back for their rights to celebrate religious holidays no matter where they are or who it offends. Separation of Church and State was not intended to keep religion from federal or state institutions. It was intended to prevent a government sanctioned religion to be instituted over the people. I hope you had a great Christmas!

    Comment by Mike | January 4, 2013

  6. Mike—I don’t think Christanity is a weak faith and I have no interest in mocking people’s faith. It is Rep. Bohac who seems to have the anxieties.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 11, 2013


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