Recognizing what are the important issues of the day, the State House passed the “Merry Christmas” bill yesterday 136-25.
We all discussed this stupid bill awhile back. Back then I brought up the point that the bill only protected speech about legal holidays and would exclude speech about holidays that were not state legal holidays. Many of you thought I was wrong or crazy. Well, it appears that I was right, because the bill was changed in committee.
The original version protected speech “relating to the celebration or observance of any public or legal holiday, as provided in Code Section 1-4-1.”
The amended version which passed yesterday protects students and employees of public schools “in their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression, including, but not limited to, verbal expressions relating to the celebration or observance of any public or legal holiday, as provided in Code Section 1-4-1.”
So the bill opens up protection in public schools for teachers and students now for any constutionally protected speech.
Rep. Bordeaux brought up a good point that the legislation would allow for a student to wear a t-shirt denying the Holocaust. Rep. Mangham said that the bill would not protect a student or teacher who uses a racial slur the classroom.
And they are correct.
Silly Republicans. Don’t you realize that legislation has unintended consequences? Dump this stupid bill before it goes any further.