Indiana lawmaker to introduce bill to 'protect Christmas'

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On this Christmas Eve, there's a new move in Indiana to protect Christmas in public schools.

At least one Indiana lawmaker says Christmas is under attack, and he's trying to do something about it.

The politically correct debate over Christmas is about to get even more political.

"There is no question about it. Christmas is under attack. We are stealing Christmas from our children," said State Senator Jim Smith (R).

There are those who believe the celebration of Christmas should stay in the church. There are others who believe you cannot compartmentalize Christmas. In the spirit of that viewpoint, State Senator Jim Smith plans to introduce a bill in the legislature to give educators and public schools legal immunity for Christmas activity. 

"We essentially extinguished Christmas from all of our public schools," Smith said.

We followed him as he walked the walk into the Who's Next Barber Shop in downtown Sellersburg, Indiana.

Chris Keith was cutting hair as Sen. Smith entered. Smith explained his bill and then just listened to the reaction from those gathered in the barber shop.

"There are a lot of things kids need to be taught about especially with Christmas and the true meaning of Christmas for that matter, but a lot of people are scared anymore," Keith observed.

"I think we are at a dangerous place in this country with traditions. Everything seems to be falling apart. People feel guilty about celebrating holidays or saying 'Merry Christmas,'" Erica Everage added as she waited for her young nephew, who was sitting silently in the barber chair getting his hair cut.

The bill is modeled after the Merry Christmas bill that already passed the state legislature in Texas. Smith hopes Hoosiers will embrace it as well.

"I think it's great. I think it's sad something like that has to be in the legislation," Keith added.

"I think kids should not feel ashamed about saying Merry Christmas," Everage chimed in.

So now Hoosiers will find out if politicians are willing to practice what they want them to preach.

"You guys have a Merry Christmas!" Keith said as his customers departed.

The 2014 legislative session begins January 6, 2014.