Texas lawmakers pass legislation protecting the right to say “Merry Christmas”.

Republicans often criticize Democrats of being unwilling to tackle the big issues.  Texas just showed them how to get serious as lawmakers:

Texas legislators appear to have too much time on their hands. Members of the House of Representatives just passed legislation protecting everyone’s right to say “Merry Christmas.”

Next on their agenda: a measure preserving the rights of Texans to breathe oxygen and eat barbecue.  Fighting for rights you already have is like showing up at the wrong time for a football game and declaring victory because the other side wasn’t there.

To quote dad:

We must glorify these brave solon’s staunch protection of the right of every Texan to wish Merry Christmas to every Jew, Muslim, atheist, Hindu, Zoroastrian, and Aztec. Next up is outlawing the evil wishing of “Happy Holidays”.

I lol’d.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davemuscato Dave Muscato

    “Next on their agenda: a measure preserving the rights of Texans to breathe oxygen and eat barbecue.”

    - I LOL’ed.

    • randomfactor

      We need to have some Texas liberal come out in favor of breathing. They’ll have a law against it in days.

  • Aoife O’Riordan

    So I may be a Pesky Foreigner here but, er, don’t you lot have a bit in your Constitution saying that it’s actually fine for people to say whatever words they fancy saying?

    • Glodson

      Oh, I’m betting you understand our Constitution better than our state representatives.

      I would go as far to say that using the phrase “Merry Christmas” is legal on any level.

      This is just stupid red meat they are going to toss their base. “See, we stopped them from persecuting us by making sure we can say Merry Christmas. What do you mean ‘no one was trying to stop us?’ Of course they aren’t now, because we stopped them!” This isn’t circular reasoning at all.

      • Jeff

        And this specific issue is related to a trend among privately-owned businesses to say “happy holidays” instead of “merry christmas” because it’s more inclusive. Religious goons mistake “not actively being fawned over” with “being persecuted,” and “private businesses that are free to do as they please in this regard” with “the government,” and then get all angry because they’re “being persecuted” by “the government.”

        • Glodson

          It is the War on Christmas idea.

          My favorite was Bill O’Reilly lashing out against “Happy Holidays” while his site hawking his crap had that smeared all over it.

        • unbound55

          The real BS of this nonsense, from my perspective, is that I used to use the phrase “Happy Holidays” during the season in the mid-80s all the time taking customer orders in a highly conservative mid-western state. Nobody (and I mean not one person) ever got offended. Nothing more than a wedge issue invented to stir people up.

  • Glodson

    Ah, my state. Fighting the good fight to make sure that no one can stop us from saying Merry Christmas even when no one wants to.

  • Loqi

    Saw the title and was going to comment that they’ll next be defending our right to sneeze. You pre-stole my joke, JT. This crime will not go unpunished.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Well, it’s good to know that Texas lawmakers have gotten around to resolving every significant issue that the state faces so that they can now tackle this shit.

  • Gehennah

    I have been enlightened. I was unaware that the evil Atheists were attempting to take that right away from the good Christians of Texas.

    I mean, you can’t expect them to take time and pass bills that you know, would help the state’s economy, education, police, or anything else while their right to say Merry Christmas was under fire.

    • Zinc Avenger

      Weren’t you at the Evil Atheist Global Convention? There was only one vacant seat, it must’ve been yours. Yes, we vigorously oppose “Merry Christmas” as it is the only thing which can defeat the Great Athe when She returns.

      • Gehennah

        Doh, I showed up last Monday and I was the only one there.

        I think I got sacrificial virgin day mixed up with the EAG Con.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I grew up in Texas…Spent most of my life there and was stationed at Ft Hood.

    I become more and more convinced every time Texas is in the news that Whataburger is the only good thing in it.