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Rep. Clay Cox (R-Lilburn) has pre-filed a bill to protect religious holiday greetings:

“It is sad that it has come to this, but I believe that legislative action is needed,

15 comments

  1. Rusty says:

    Golly, I’m so glad Rep. Cox is spending his time on important issues like the phony persecution of Christians. Bill O’Reilly must be proud. Meanwhile, traffic gets worse, major employers like auto plants are closing in bunches, thouasands can’t afford health care… but, really, kudos to Rep. Cox.

    How long before the pro-business wing of the Republican Party realizes how bad the religious wingnuts are for business? Anybody want to gamble?

  2. Instead of celebrating Christmas, can’t we just celebrate Festivus?

    All we need is a silver pole for the airing of grievances and someone to participate in the feats of strength.

  3. Decaturguy says:

    Well, what a preposterous piece of legislation this is. What obvious pandering.

    First, it provides no real protection for employees or students at all. There is no enforcement clause to the bill. So if the state violates the law, tough. Also, it doesn’t apply to Wal-Mart greeters – only to government employees and public school students.

    Second, it wouldn’t protect “Happy Hannukah” or “Happy Kwanzza” or “Happy Ramadan” because those holidays are not “legal holidays.” But you’re now free to say Happy New Year’s Day; Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Washington’s Birthday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans’ Day; Thanksgiving Day; and Christmas Day.

  4. Arbusto says:

    Thanks Buzz for being the voice of reason…it is about free speech and free expression. Some might want to actually read the bill before ranting.

    To amend Chapter 2 of Title 1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to persons and their rights, so as to prohibit governmental entities in this state from restricting or prohibiting a public employee or public school student from verbal expressions relating to the celebration or observance of any public or legal holiday; to provide for legislative findings; to provide for construction; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

    …any public OR legal holiday…

  5. Ben King says:

    um, I’d wager that the INTENT is to pander to the fundamentalist wing of the GOP.

    Just because the governor’s staff can’t put out a press release correctly does not mean that we need to enact legislation to protect a right that the first amendment already covers.

  6. CMingus says:

    I can’t believe anyone on this board would argue against a bill like this. Some of the stories to come out of our communist public schools are completely appalling! One teacher I’ve heard about is even afraid to make Christmas tree cookies.

    And if you don’t see the PC secular humanist worldview taking hold, you’ve missed the boat (or I should say Ark). Even the Bush’s sent a “holiday” card! Maybe they’re celebrating the Solstice. You wouldn’t know otherwise.

    Now, I support the President, but this is an affront. A godless nation is a short-lived nation. If this tide isn’t turned, we will reap what we sow.

    As Rep. Clay said, it is sad that it came to this. It is sad that those the majority in this country, bent on their own damnation, are making decisions for the rest of us. It is sad that the pagans control our national discourse.

    This is a Christian nation, and we shouldn’t let anyone forget it!

  7. Decaturguy says:

    Wait a minute Arbusto – you’re quoting only the “findings” section of the bill – which doesn’t mean squat. The actual enacting clause states the following: “No department or agency of the state and no county, municipality, local board of education, or other political subdivision of the state shall adopt or implement any policy which would restrict or prohibit a public employee or public school student from verbal expressions relating to the celebration or observance of any public or legal holiday, as provided in Code Section 1-4-1, in personal intercommunication with other public employees or public school students.”

    “Public or legal holiday” is defined in Code Section 1-4-1 which says that a “public or legal holiday” is either (1) federal holidays, i.e., New Year’s Day; Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Washington’s Birthday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans’ Day; Thanksgiving Day; and Christmas Day and/or (2) days in which the state government is closed.

    Therefore, since the Hannukah, Ramadan, or Kwannza are neither federal holidays or holidays in which the state government is closed, this speech would not be “protected.”

    Buzz – I don’t care what the intent is. As a good conservative, I’m reading what the words of the legislation say. Isn’t that what you guys want?

  8. Bill Simon says:

    I think the legislation looks kinda bogus. What if a Denis O’Leary acolyte who is 12 years-old wants to shout at the top of his lungs “Merry F**king Christmas!” 10 times a day? This law will appear to support his right to do so.

  9. Arbusto says:

    Decatur Guy did do great research, but the bottom line is any of those holidays excluded COULD BE recognized holidays. Christmas is recognized, why should freedom of expression be compromised by the PC crowd.

  10. Bill Simon says:

    If this was founded to be a “Christian Nation”, then what was the purpose of the Revolutionary War? To break from the Christian state of England and all of the taxes the great King decided to levy on its inhabitants.

    If you want to live in a real “Christian nation,” move back to England…they will welcome you with open arms.

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