Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville’s District 7 has authored his share of attention-getting bills in the past, and this month he adds to the collection with one that he says aims to restore public school students’ ability to wish each other “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” instead of the generic “Happy Holidays” salutation.
I don’t recall witnessing the fear of lawsuits he cites in schools I’ve visited. In my observation, educators, students, and parents are quite open with their traditional decorations and greetings, and share them across cultures and faiths. Even those for whom “Festivus” represents the closest thing to a traditional winter holiday feel at ease.
However, the threat is real to some, and a similar law has been enacted in Texas.
Here’s more from Tom Humphrey.