Complaints are pouring in a school district ordered Scriptural passages axed from a stage production of the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
“Public school staff may not endorse any religion when acting in their official capacities and during school activities,” Johnson County (Ky.) Schools Superintendent Thomas Salyer told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
That meant the passage where Linus recites Scripture had to go, spurring local protests and national attention.
“There is no violation of the so-called ‘separation of church and state’ by allowing children to learn about theater and the origins of Christmas through participating in a stage version of this beloved program that contains the same religious elements as the television version,” a letter from Alliance Defending Freedom to the school system read. “Given that courts have consistently held that schools may organize and sponsor Christmas programs and performances that include religious songs and study the historical origins of Christmas, there is no basis for the District’s decision to censor the religious aspects of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’”
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called the decision “madness.”
Here’s the offending passage: