Rep. Cleveland to File “Merry Christmas” Legislation

12/4/2013 2:42:00 PM


Contact: State Rep. Bobby Cleveland

Capitol: (405) 557-7308


OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Bobby Cleveland plans on introducing a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would permit public school teachers and staff to say “Merry Christmas” without fear of retribution or lawsuits.

 The bill will be modeled after a Texas law that was passed this year that “guarantees the freedom of . . . children, teachers, parents, and school administrators to acknowledge Christmas on school grounds without fear of censorship, persecution or litigation,” according to the website


“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.”


Cleveland’s measure would also allow public schools to have nativity scenes and allow teachers to discuss the history of Christmas.