A school in Texas has banned a “Charlie Brown Christmas” display for “violating the Constitution.” How is it a violation, you ask? Because the display mentions the Biblical meaning of Christmas, that’s why.
When a school bans Charlie Brown Christmas displays for being offensive, you know the country is messed up. This is happening in Texas, no less, not a left-leaning state like California.
Dedra Shannon, a staffer at Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas, was so inspired by the scene she decided to use images to decorate the door to the nurse’s office.
The decorations included a picture of Linus, the scrawny Christmas tree and that classic passage of dialogue about the true meaning of the holiday.
The decorations were installed on December 5. On December 7, Ms. Shannon was confronted by the school’s principal.
“She said, ‘please don’t hate me, but unfortunately you’re going to have to take your poster down,” Ms. Shannon said. “I’m disappointed. It is a slap in the face of Christianity.”
The principal went on to explain that the poster violated the U.S. Constitution.
“She said my poster is an issue of separation of church and state,” Ms. Shannon told me. “She said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from other religions or those who do not have a religion.”
Ms. Shannon was told she could keep Linus on the door – but the Bible passage had to be removed.
The staffer chose instead to take the entire display down, rather than allowing a censored one to stay up. “I wasn’t going to leave Linus and the Christmas tree without having the dialogue. That’s the whole point of why it was put up,” Shannon said.
Here is a picture of the banned display.
Diversity and Tolerance does not extend to Christianity, it seems.
Shannon points out that diversity is a popular subject at the school. But that diversity doesn’t include Christianity. “Throughout the school there are talks about diversity. Well, you aren’t being very diverse if you are not allowing the Christians to put something up that refers to a Christian holiday,” she said.
Shannon’s father is Danny Brey, pastor of the Soldiers of the Cross Cowboy Fellowship near Fort Hood. He doesn’t like the idea of censoring Christianity in any form. “People want us to be tolerant for everything – but they don’t tolerate Christianity,” he said. “They bow down to everything else – but when it comes to Christianity…” It is obvious, when a school bans Charlie Brown Christmas references, that Christianity is not getting any dose of tolerance.
This is not the first time the War on Christmas has targeted “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Last year, a school canceled a stage performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” because of the religious content.
The Killeen Independent School District has yet to comment on the situation.
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