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Legislator fights back against "War on Christmas"

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BATON ROUGE - One state legislator is taking steps to make sure Christmas stays in public schools.

State Representative Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, wants the state to let all public schools know for certain that it is alright to say "Merry Christmas" without fear of a lawsuit.

"Frankly what we have is a war on Christmas," Seabaugh said. "People are insisting that you can't say 'Merry Christmas', or you have to have 'holiday' pageants or 'winter festivals.'"

He's working on a bill that would give guidelines to schools explaining what is allowed under the law.

"Nativity scenes are fine as long as you have other religions represented," Seabaugh said. "Like a Menorah, reindeer or snowman or something that's not overtly religious."

He said the legislation is intended to inform schools and keep them from being sued. He also said it will preserve the traditions of Christmas, while at the same time recognizing other beliefs.

Others out around downtown Baton Rouge Friday agreed with those ideas.

"A learning experience, for all cultures," said Wanda Thomas of Baton Rouge, "(For) everybody."

"This is the world," said Arielle Vaughn, a Baton Rouge mother. "A lot of different cultures. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn about others who live with us."

The bill is still being drafted, but Seabaugh plans on introducing the completed version to the House when the session starts in March.



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