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Louisiana lawmaker will file 'Merry Christmas' bill

Posted: December 12, 2013

Christmas and Hanukkah should be celebrated freely at public schools in Louisiana without fear of punishment, according to a state lawmaker from Shreveport, who plans to file legislation to ensure citizens understand their rights during the winter holidays.

State Rep. Alan Seabaugh, a Republican, said Thursday he will file a so-called "Merry Christmas" bill during the 2014 legislative session that begins in early March.

The bill closely mirrors legislation passed into law in Texas this year, which allowed public school staff and students to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah -- by wearing festive garb, verbalizing greetings and holding events -- "as long as more than one religion is represented and a secular symbol such as a reindeer or snowman is displayed."

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