Campfield Pushing 'Merry Christmas' Bill

Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, has introduced a “Merry Christmas” bill that he says will assure schoolchildren and their teachers have a legal right to use what the bill calls “traditional greetings” during “winter celebrations.” Inspired by Texas legislation, the polarizing lawmaker has pre-filed SB 1425 for consideration by the General Assembly in 2014. “This stops all these silly lawsuits that say you can’t say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah’ or have a Christmas tree,” Campfield said. “The ACLU is always freaking out about that stuff.” Hedy Weinburg, executive director of the ACLU in Tennessee, said the senator’s concerns are greatly exaggerated and she cannot recall any legal action involving a Tennessee school’s holiday activities or even a case of the “blatant religious proselytizing” in schools that would trigger ACLU concern. Knoxnews has the story.