From EAG News:
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. – Charlie Brown’s buddy Linus believes Christmas is about the birth of Christ, glory to God, and peace on earth.
Johnson County Schools officials believe Christmas is about “the spirit of giving and concern for our fellow citizens.”
Superintendent Thomas Slayer last Friday cut all religious references from student plays based on the iconic American story “A Charlie Brown Christmas” after a single complaint from the public triggered a review of all Christmas programs in the district, the Herald-Leader reports.
That means W.R. Castle Elementary students performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Thursday are banned from acting out the most important part of the play.
When Charlie Brown questions whether anyone really knows what Christmas is all about, Linus recites:
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.
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Castle principal Jeff Cochran told the news site the scene was axed after Slayer sent a message to him and others on Dec. 11.
“As superintendent of Johnson County Schools, I recognize the significance of Christmas and the traditions and beliefs associated with this holiday. Over the past few days, there have been several rumors indicating that there would be no Christmas plays this year at our elementary schools. I want to clarify that all…