Dec 21, 2015 4:35 PM
The Johnson County, Kentucky school district has officially censored a school play adaptation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”—a beloved, annual national TV event in America since 1965—removing the iconic scene in which the meaning of Christmas is described by the character Linus as he recites the Gospel of Luke. The Fox News story details how the complaint of a single parent was apparently enough to compel the school district to step in. Writes Todd Starnes, “The district also ordered other schools to remove all religious references from their upcoming Christmas productions.” For example, one school responded by scratching “Silent Night” in favor of a song called “Whip Nae, Nae.”
A quick Wikipedia search on the word “Christmas” reveals the following definition: Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
Since Christmas commemorates the birth of Christ, it stands to reason that the purpose for the annual holiday would be detailed in a play about Christmas, just as a play about the 4th of July would mention something about…the 4th of July.
If you’re frustrated about this like we are, there is something that you can do about it… today, right now. While you’re out doing what you already do for Christmas—shopping at the grocery store, buying presents for friends and family, travelling, even going to the movies—make sure that you go out of your way to choose brands that do a better job welcoming Christians than their competitors. Every day, you can make your voice heard by shopping your faith, and making your voice heard in the marketplace!
While you’re at it, grab your kids, sit down, and tune in to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on ABC on Thursday, December 24th 8/7c. They’ll be showing the uncensored version. Good grief.