Break out your colanders.
A bill, introduced today:
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1123 [pdf]
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE TRENT.
1379H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 171, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the treatment of traditional winter celebrations by school districts.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 171, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 171.023, to read as follows:
171.023. 1. A school district may educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including:
(1) Merry Christmas;
(2) Happy Hanukkah; and
(3) Happy holidays.
2. Subject to the requirements under subsection of this section, a school district may display on school property scenes and symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations, including a menorah or a Christmas image such as a nativity scene or Christmas tree, if the display includes a scene or symbol of:
(1) More than one religion; or
(2) One religion and at least one secular scene or symbol.
3. (1) A display relating to a traditional winter celebration shall not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief.
(2) Any display relating to a traditional winter celebration shall be paid for without public funds and be open to the inclusion of items offered by individuals or organizations in accordance with the constitutional requirements of a limited public forum.
(3) Any scene or symbol relating to a traditional winter celebration shall be displayed in a manner so as not to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
[emphasis in original]
Ladies and gentlemen, the legislative priorities of your right wingnut controlled Missouri General Assembly.
“Infinite diversity in infinite combinations” could become a holiday thing. Heh.
HB 1425: Merry Chrismahanakwanzukah (January 11, 2010)
HB 198: Merry Chrismahanakwanzukah redux (January 19, 2011)
HB 424: Merry Chrismahanakwanzukah – this time, with more feeling (February 9, 2011)
SB 554: Chrismahanakwanzukah! (December 3, 2013)
HB 696: Now you’ve gone and done it. You’ve really upset the Pastafarians. (January 23, 2017)