Good Grief

The classic tale “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been causing some major controversy in one Kentucky School District this Christmas Season. According to an article in The Paintsville Herald, at least one parent in the Johnson County school district complained about a part in the student play where the character “Linus” reads from a passage in the Gospel of Luke, which describes the real meaning of Christmas “the Nativity”. The response from the district immediately upon receipt of the complaint was to censor that part of the play. Their decision to eliminate this part of the play seemed to have drawn anger amongst an even larger group of parents. The peeved parents took to the streets, forming a picket line and protesting outside of the school district offices. They then brought their concerns to the constitutional watchdog group, the Alliance Defending Freedom.

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Once The ADF caught wind of the hasty censorship, they posted the following statement on its Facebook page:  “It seems that ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ isn’t PC enough for one Kentucky school district, which has decided to censor the classic after it received one complaint about the biblical references in a student play based on the Charles Schulz television special.

The school responded that they took the censorship measures in order to avoid potential lawsuits, however lawyers from the ADF maintain that the school is “well within its constitutional rights to stage the play as it was written.”

The founding director of the Religious Freedom Center, told public school officials that they are allowed to stage works with religious themes in them, just as long as the overall purpose is educational and not simply devotional. They also added another suggestion which was that they add a disclaimer warning viewers of possible religious inferences.
The ADF’s stance Friday morning was that schools are educational institutions and the “censorship of a classic story does nothing to educate it’s students. Rather, it discriminates against historical, and religious perspectives, as well as disappoints the performers, other students, parents, and community members who were looking forward to enjoying the play in its entirety.”