I heard someone say that they think about Christmas and the public school system, Scrooge, bah humbug and the Grinch comes to mind. I told him that there is one big difference, Scrooge and the Grinch realized the errors of their ways and changed for the better. The public school system refuses to change and just continues to get worse.
Over the past several decades, the public school system has systematically removed everything important about Christmas, stripping it down to a purely secular holiday. Any reference to Jesus, Mary or Christianity has been banned. Christmas carols have been banned. Even the word Christmas has been banned in many schools.
However, parents in the tiny town of Paintsville, KY, population 3,500 and only 20 miles from the West Virginia border, decided to do what the school banned their children from doing.
Students at W.R. Castle Elementary School in Paintsville were rehearsing their Christmas play, A Charlie Brown Christmas. When the school received a single complaint from one parent about when Linus quotes Luke 2:8-14, the district banned all of their schools from reciting the verse in their plays.
Johnson County Schools Superintendent Thomas Slayer said his decision was made to protect them from any possible lawsuits. He told the media:
“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. However, our district is fully committed to promote the spirit of giving and concern for our fellow citizens that help define the Christmas holiday.”
This upset a number of parents who took to online posting and protesting the school district office but school officials refused to budge on the ban. They decided to follow the advice of a conservative celebrity and not let school district officials ban the real reason for Christmas.
When the children at the school got to the part in the play when Linus was supposed to recite the verse from Luke, the parents in the stands recited Luke 2:8-14 for the kids.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and they glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Se shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Joey Collins, one of the parents, told the media:
“The parents in the bleachers basically quoted the verse from the book of Luke, and it was just an amazing moment – it really was. Everybody was pretty much in tears and clapping. It was just a great time.”
I think it’s great that the parents stood up for their children and recited the verse but what really annoys me about this whole thing is how one person’s intolerance can trample over the rights and opinions of an entire community. The rights of the many are violated by one single person.
America was established as a republic, where the majority rules. Today’s America is no longer a republic and it’s not a democracy either. We are a nation run by the whining few who insist on having their personal anti-American and anti-Christian views forced on the majority of the nation. They’ve succeeded tearing down America’s Christian and moral foundation in favor of their perverted and sinful ways and they will continue to succeed if Christians don’t start standing up for their rights like the parents in Paintsville, Kentucky did.