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Kentucky School Cuts 'Charlie Brown' Bible References; Parents Protest

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By    |   Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 04:09 PM

Parents are protesting at a Kentucky elementary school this week after administrators decided to cut Biblical references from the students' upcoming performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

In the play, the character Linus recites a passage from the Gospel of Luke.

"Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in the manger. And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 'glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men," he says with security blanket in hand.

"That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown," he concludes.

According to The Lexington Herald-Leader, Johnson County Schools Superintendent Thomas Salyer said Christmas programs across the district were under review following what appears to be a single complaint.

Jeff Cochran, the principal at W.R. Castle Elementary who implemented the removal of the Bible passages, said Salyer messaged him on Friday about the reviews.

"In accordance with federal laws, our programs will follow appropriate regulations. The U.S. Supreme Court and the 6th Circuit are very clear that public school staff may not endorse any religion when acting in their official capacities and during school activities," the message said. "However, our district is fully committed to promote the spirit of giving and concern for our fellow citizens that help define the Christmas holiday. With core values such as service, integrity, leadership, and commitment, our staff and students will continue to proudly represent our district as recently demonstrated by our many student successes."

As one Fox News writer put it: "Allow me to cut through the bureaucratic malarky and interpret the superintendent’s message through the language of Charlie Brown: 'WAH, WAH WAH, WAH, WAH WAH, WAH.'"

On Monday, roughly 30 people protested outside the school in response to the cuts. Many were members of the Light of Christ Church at Staffordsville.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm specializing in religious liberty issues, also wrote a letter to the school on behalf of one mother whose daughter is in the play.

"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," ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco wrote.

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Parents are protesting at a Kentucky elementary school this week after administrators decided to cut Biblical references from the students' upcoming performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
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