Good news (of great joy)! An act of tyranny by a Kentucky school district was overcome yesterday by American parents refusing to consent to an assault on freedom. The Johnson County school superintendent dictated that the removal of biblical verses included in a school play based on the Charlie Brown Christmas special. The verses, cited by Linus when asked what Christmas is really all about, refers to the Coming of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:8-14). But a Christmas miracle took place as free Americans rejected the act of speech suppression. When the time came for the famous verse to be delivered by Linus, Parents stood in the bleachers and recited the verse themselves!
The school superintendent was reportedly responding to a complaint from a single individual and issued the edict removing all references to Christianity or religion from the school plays. In another school, Silent night was replaced with the popular “Whip/Ney Ney” song. He (incorrectly) claimed he was acting on Supreme court precedent and stated the school “may not endorse any religion when acting in their official capacities and during school activities.” However, there was never any attempt by the children in the school play or those producing to “endorse any religion”. It is clear, this was merely the performance of a beloved story told at a children’s level with a message against commercialism in Christmas. An Attorney from the Alliance for Defending Freedom, Jeremy Tedesco, pointed out on Fox News that “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. Moreover, students may learn about the religious origins of Christmas as part of school activities without offending the Constitution.” On Fox News this morning (12/18) he further pointed out that the Supreme court has clearly protected the use of the Bible in educational and Christmas programs many times, as protected speech.
The parents engaged in the type of civil disobedience that has protected freedom for centuries in America. When the time came for recitation of the Biblica verse, they stood and recited the glad tidings of great joy! This was according to the father of the girl who played “Snoopy”, appearing on Fox news in an interview on Friday morning (12/18/15). Just as black American engaged in sit ins, bus boycotts and more, these Christians stood up to tyranny and said “no”. These acts of courage will be required by more and more Americans as every attempt is made to cleanse references to Christianity and faith in general from the public square. When some Americans stand up for their natural rights to freedom, all Americans benefit.