Rick Perry Says Americans Have No Right to Freedom From Religion

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On Thursday, Rick Perry signed the “Merry Christmas Bill,” written by two Republicans with the aim of making it legal for schools to “educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations, and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations”. This allows school administrators to say “Merry Christmas” and other holiday greetings on school grounds (which they already can) as well as set up religious displays in schools.

“I'm proud we are standing up for religious freedom in our state,” Perry said. “Freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom from religion.”

Clearly and unquestionably, Rick Perry doesn't give a damn about the constitution. Freedom of religion entails freedom from imposed religion – the government has no right to endorse religion, and public school grounds certainly count, as landmark Supreme Court cases on the First Amendment have established. Just the way they don't have the right to endorse not having a religion. Does this bill allow schools to put up atheistic writings on its walls? Or is it, in intention and in overwhelmingly likely practice, for one or two religions?

Of course not, because Rick Perry and his cohort of extremists want to impose their religion on everyone else. That's why this clown governor, normally belching up bile about freedom from the federal government, is “proud” to deny you “freedom from religion”. Can there be any question about the intent of a bill called the “Merry Christmas Bill”?

Read more and watch Perry speak below the jump.Perry's claims about kids not being able to celebrate prayer in schools are false, as PolitiFact proved two years ago. “So, can kids pray and openly celebrate Christmas in school? Absolutely, we conclude, though public school officials are barred from advancing a religion or making children pray or celebrate solely the Christian aspects of Christmas,” PolitiFact wrote in 2011.

Well, that's all different now. Now our school kids have freedom from imposed religion, something Rick Perry never wanted them to have in the first place. Nothing merry about that.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it affects every other issue in American politics. He is currently on leave for the election season.

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