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      Oklahoma Representative proposes bill to protect "Merry Christmas" in schools

      A representative in the Oklahoma Statehouse is putting together a bill for the upcoming legislative session to permit public school teachers and staff to say "Merry Christmas" without fear of lawsuits.

      State Representative Bobby Cleveland is modeling his bill after one in Texas that was passed in 2013. The law in Texas "guarantees the freedom of . . . children, teachers, parents, and school administrators to acknowledge Christmas on school grounds without fear of censorship, persecution or litigation".

      Rep. Cleveland says the war on Christmas and Christians is real.

      "There is a war on Christians and Christmas, and anyone who would deny that is not paying close enough attention," said Rep. Cleveland, R-Slaughterville. "This bill will create a layer of protection for our public school teachers and staff to freely discuss and celebrate Christmas without worrying about offending someone."

      His measure would also allow public schools to have nativity scenes and teachers could discuss the history of Christmas.

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