School Censors Jesus In Kids Christmas Play, Then Parents Instantly Stand Up For The Fight
Cailyn Finkel 12/19/2016
A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the most iconic and beloved holiday movies of all time. Not only does it involve characters that are part of our childhood, but it also ties in the faith many of us hold dearly!
Its widespread popularity is why W.R. Castle Elementary School in Wittensville, Kentucky opted to perform a play adaptation of the film. But their version strayed from the original in a way that's raising some eyebrows....
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Just as one of the most important parts in the play was supposed to take place, the moment where Linus drops his blanket and shares Luke 2:8-14, the children abruptly skipped over it and proceeded with their final scene.
Parents were shocked by their children passing over this important scene and decided to say the Biblical verse out loud in unison in protest! The verse goes:
"Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in the manger. And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.'"
After the play concluded, parents were outraged and immediately began to ask officials for answers - what they received was far from satisfactory!
Superintendent Thomas Salyer claimed that this omission was due to the advice that he sought from his legal council. They advised him to remove any Biblical verses from the play and any other Christmas programs sponsored by the district.
With Superintendent Salyer's response, the frustrated parents took matters into their own hands. They reached out to several organizations to file an official complaint against the school district!
Matt Sharp, the lawyer brought on by Alliance Defending Freedom and the cast members' parents, penned a letter to the school district stating that the idea the play violated the separation of church and state was a grave misconception.
"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."
According to the ACLU Kentucky branch, the school district made the right choice in omitting the verse, but the parents aren't letting the issue slide. They want to ensure their children are taught the real reason behind Christmas - not just the toys, days off from school, family time and yummy food.
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Sources: Conservative Tribune, Bible Gateway, Lexington Herald Leader / FB Image Credit: Screenshot via Lexington Herald Leader