A public school in Eastern Kentucky has decided that Christmas is way too controversial and has cut Biblical references from their version of Charlie Brown’s Christmas play. Specifically, the school cut the climax of the entire play, when the character Linus quotes the Christmas story from the Bible (Luke 2:4-14).
The Reverend Franklin Graham sounded a disappointed note when he commented on the story and reminded folks about what author Charles Schulz really believed about Christmas.
Last week, a school district in Kentucky ordered local elementary students to cut out parts of their performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” You can probably guess which parts they cut! The gag order included the play’s most meaningful moment, as Linus recites Luke 2:8-14 and says “that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Students were ordered to leave out the true meaning of Christmas recorded in the Bible. What kind of Christmas program is that? It’s a shame that many no longer welcome Christ in His own story! The school superintendent said that the entire passage was cut after the district received a single complaint—One! Good grief.
When Peanuts’ creator Charles Shulz originally wrote the Christmas special 50 years ago and included Linus’s recitation of the birth of Jesus directly from the Gospel of Luke, producers tried to drop Jesus then. They said putting the Bible in animation hadn’t been done before. But Schulz didn’t back down then, and we shouldn’t back down now. He was absolutely right when he said, “If we’re going to do a Christmas special, we’ve really got to do it the right way and talk about what Christmas is all about.”
In this school’s performance, members of the audience knew what had happened—and so they jumped in and recited the Scripture that had been taken out. Good for them!
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:8-11) … Now that’s what Christmas is all about!
Interestingly, the parents watching the play decided to intervene and added the speech from Linus back into the play. It’s sad that it came to this. Why does our godless culture continue to “celebrate” Christmas while also demanding to make the holiday as secular as possible? Leave Christmas to Christians and find your own holiday to ruin.
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