You may have heard the recent uproar over an elementary school in Little Rock, Arkansas, having the audacity to bring their students to a church performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. The uproar was caused by a parent or two who took umbrage to the religious content and religious venue for the play. Even though the school offered parents a chance to opt their child out of the field trip if they so desired, somebody wasn’t content with the option, and instead contacted an atheist group.
And since atheist groups have nothing better to do than ruin holidays for children, they made their complaints heard.
The following is a message provided by one atheist group regarding a school trip to see the play:
“While everyone loves Charlie Brown, the religious content of the program is a problem, as is the trip to a church to see it,” wrote (Anne) Orsi on the group’s Facebook page. “Oddly enough, not all kids at the school are Christian, and their parents don’t want them singled out as ‘different.’ Who’d a thunk it?”
The atheist group has put tremendous pressure on the church and school. But now, Charlie Brown may have just gotten himself a lawyer.
A message from the group Liberty Counsel:
Liberty Counsel has offered pro bono legal counsel and, if needed, legal defense to the Little Rock Superintendent of Schools and Agape Church to defend the right of students to attend the “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” play at a local church.
After teachers planned a field trip for Terry Elementary School students to attend a stage performance of “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” at Agape Church, a local atheist group complained because “it’s got [sic] religious content and it’s being performed in a religious venue.”
Neither the school nor the church should back down. There is no constitutional violation when the Charlie Brown Christmas play is held off campus with parental consent. “Good grief,” as Lucy would say. These atheists are “blockheads.”
Blockheads indeed. Unfortunately, as is the case in today’s society, the blockheads have won and proponents of the play have in fact backed down.
Via NBC 17:
An Arkansas church has canceled its matinee performances of a “A Charlie Brown Christmas” after receiving complaints from an atheist group.
Agape Church in Little Rock said it has decided to cancel the play, based on the popular television special, after receiving complaints from the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. The group opposed the decision of first and second grade teachers at Terry Elementary School to take students to the performance at the church…
… The pastor at the church, Happy Caldwell, said the outrage has forced him to cancel the matinee performance because “it is not our desire to put hard working, sacrificial teachers and cast members in harm’s way.”
While the irony is almost certainly lost on people that complain about such religious events – that they take exception to others forcing their religion upon them, and fight back by forcing their non-religion on those same people – I’d like to take the time to recognize this particular atheist organization trying to rain on everybody else’s parade this holiday season.
So atheists, I present to you the easily most offensive portion of A Charlie Brown Christmas in your eyes – Linus, quoting scripture in an attempt to quantify the true meaning of Christmas.
Go ahead atheists. Watch that video clip. Print out this page. Roll up the paper. And shove it directly up … Alright, deep breath.
Seriously though, stop pissing on everybody else’s good time just because you have a shallow sense of self-worth and have to validate your own existence by bringing others down.