“A school district in Kentucky has ordered all administrators under its jurisdiction to remove religious references from Christmas productions, leading one facility to censor its planned elementary presentation of A Charlie Brown Christmas by blotting out “the Gospel of Luke read by little Linus,” Cheryl Chumley reports at WND.
“It disappoints me that we have to do this,” Chumley quotes Superintendent Tom Salyer saying. According to WND, “Salyer said he was a church-going man who was simply following advice from the Johnson County school district attorneys.”
Mr. Salyer should reject this foolish advice, for nothing in the Declaration of Independence or in the U.S. Constitution requires the censorship of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
The 1st Amendment, in fact, places a limit on what Congress can do, not a limit on what states like Kentucky can do and not a limit on what public schools or individual people can do.
Congress, the 1st Amendment pointedly states, “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
The wise and pro-Christian purpose of the 1st Amendment is to keep the federal government from allowing a denomination of the Christian church to become the state church of the United States of America.
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