Governor Rick Perry signs “Merry Christmas Bill” Atheist Actvists heads explode in 3,2,1…

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At a signing event for the contentious “Merry Christmas Bill,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a message for atheist activists who have a penchant for sometimes taking church-state separatism to the extreme: The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee “freedom from religion.”

There was no irony in his intentional statement, as the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), one of the prime organizations that launches lawsuits against faith in the public square, would patently disagree with his claim. After all, based on the group’s name, alone, its leaders would likely contend that freedom from theism should certainly be guaranteed for all Americans.

As The Blaze previously reported, the Merry Christmas bill will enable public school teachers to say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah” without fear of retribution starting during the 2013-2014 school year (read TheBlaze’s previous coverage of Texas’ Merry Christmas bill).

But it doesn’t only give these public servants the green light to wish their students well during the holidays; as stated, it also lets them display Christmas trees, nativity scenes and menorahs — all elements that have been known to draw the ire of non-theist activists. Of course, educators aren’t supposed to favor one faith. And any holiday display should have more than one religious view represented and should also showcase secular symbols.


4 thoughts on “Governor Rick Perry signs “Merry Christmas Bill” Atheist Actvists heads explode in 3,2,1…

  1. Some brushes paint too broadly. I’m an atheist – a conservative Republican atheist with some strong libertarian leanings. In that time of year, I regularly tell people “Merry Christmas.” Then again, I guess I’m not what you’d call an “activist” atheist – or what I call an “evangelical atheist,” mostly because it pisses them off.

    Why wouldn’t I? That’s what the holiday is called. That’s what it is. And you don’t have to be religious to see the value in a year-end holiday where you exchange gifts and spend time with people you love.

    On the one hand, yes, too many atheists are assholes about this. On the other hand, nobody on either side has any right to not be offended.

    1. Gatordoug

      I have never had an issue with anyone’s choice of faith. The only folks I have issues with are those who wish to bully their views upon others including both Atheist activists, who want God removed from public sight and some Social Conservatives who want to have the FCC control what everyone watches on TV, or who want to get in other people’s bedrooms. So you sir are a lot like me I think in that respect

      1. I agree. There’s an old saw that goes in part, “if a conservative is an atheist, he doesn’t go to church. If a liberal is an atheist, he tries to force any mention of religion to be removed from public life.”

        As I’ve said many times in my own blog, my own personal brand of libertarianism lies in one primary principle: I really don’t give a damn what people do, as long as they leave me alone.

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