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Oklahoma lawmakers push to protect Christmas

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OKLAHOMA CITY —An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for protection when it comes to Christmas, saying too many people are living in fear when it comes to publicly acknowledging the holiday.

"Our rights are God-given," said Republican State Rep. Ken Walker. "So the government should defend and protect these rights."

Monday, the right in question is one many take for granted -- the celebration of Christmas.

"Our spirituality and search for meaning in this world is part of our humanity that cannot be turned off like a water spigot during a school day," said former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor.

Lawmakers have said that over time that’s exactly what's happened as teachers and public employees stayed silent over fear of a subpoena come Christmas time.

Advocates didn’t have numbers showing Oklahoma lawsuits against Christmas, but the feeling has prompted Walker to file House Bill 2613.

"Oklahoma, we declare it is OK in the schoolhouses to say, "Merry Christmas and happy Hanukah," Walker said.

The "Merry Christmas Measure" would allow schools to celebrate Christmas and use Christian and Jewish symbols in the classroom without fear. An almost identical bill passed in Texas to heavy bipartisan support.

Lawmakers said if all goes according to plan the bill should be brought up next legislative session and pass by early 2014.

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