/Merry Christmas’ bill aims to protect school celebrations

Merry Christmas’ bill aims to protect school celebrations

Rep. Tom Miles (D-Forest) recently posted on Facebook that he had pre-filed the “Merry Christmas” law, to be considered during 2017 Legislative Session which starts Jan. 3. Miles stated that his bill is a copy of a Texas law from 2013, which allows Texas children, parents, and school administrators to recognize Christmas on school grounds. Texas law allows schools to teach students about the history and display symbols or scenes associated with traditional winter celebrations. Miles said Tuesday that Mississippi Today does not have to choose one or the other. Miles said that he was unaware of any incidents in Mississippi in which “Merry Christmas!” has caused trouble at school. Miles claims that the bill was supported by his constituents as well as school administrators. But, Christian prayers and sermons in school assemblies have been challenged in court. Miles posted on Facebook that “No matter what holiday it is, our children, teachers and parents should be able to recognize these traditions in public schools without fear of prosecution, censorship or litigation,” To continue this important work, support this effort and make a regular donation to the Merry Christmas Bill today. Our reporters give a human face to policy’s impact on everyday Mississippians by listening more closely and understanding their communities. To ensure that our work is aligned with the priorities and needs of Mississippians, we are listening to you. Click the button below to let us know what you think. Republish this Story