Family Research Council

Missouri Ends the Governor's Holi-daze


By Tony Perkins
November 01, 2013

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Christmas may be two months away, but the Missouri legislature is giving its gift early. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Governor Jay Nixon would have been the grinch that stole Christmas if it weren't for Missouri state leaders. Last month, the legislature overrode Nixon's veto and passed a measure that makes it easier for schools and other government offices to celebrate the holidays. Under the law, no one can ban or restrict the festivities around dates like Christmas or Easter. State Representative Rick Brattin, who sponsored the bill, said it was an "honor" to fight against the Left's censorship. "My hope is that HB 278 will help reverse the chilling effect we've seen on the ability of teachers and students to observe these holidays... What happens is that we don't want to offend that one student but we end up offending the 99 who do observe [the church's special dates]." Thanks to Brattin, Missouri can finally focus on the night before Christmas -- not the fight before Christmas.

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