You don't touch the classics. And “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a classic.
Unfortunately, that didn't stop the PC police from recently citing and censoring one of the greatest cartoon characters of all time this Christmas season.
Here's how the story goes:
A Kentucky school district recently received a complaint about the biblical references in a student play based on the classic Charles Schulz television special. Instead of ignoring the complaint and refusing to discriminate against religious references, the district announced it would censor all religious references from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and any other Christmas plays at the district’s schools going forward.
It seems if they could have it their way, a remake of the classic tale of “Yuletide Blues,” turned upside down, would be in order.
I can see it now:
After Linus calls for "Lights, please," and begins to share the real reason for the Christmas season, some politically correct school officials stop him and haul him off to the principal's office for reeducation—security blanket included.
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter on Tuesday encouraging the school district to have a change of heart.
“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 . . .,” the letter explains. “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.’”
Just because a religious reference makes one person uncomfortable is not a reason to censor religious references altogether. Schools are educational institutions; their job is to educate. Censoring a classic story doesn't educate students, it discriminates against historical, religious perspectives and disappoints the performers, other students, parents, and community members who were looking forward to enjoying the play.
It also starts the school district down a very slippery slope, according to ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
“‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ has become an iconic Christmas story and tradition," explains Sharp. "Are school officials going to start demanding that other classic productions, such as Shakespearean plays, be censored just because they contain religious references?”
That means there's only one thing left to do—and that's to re-watch one of the greatest Christmas scenes of all time.