Friday, November 23, 2012
Atheists Cry Foul Over 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
Daily Caller -- Charlie Brown’s Christmas is on the outs at an elementary school in Little Rock, Ark. — at least among atheists who are calling foul over a planned student trip to see a stage production of the beloved Peanuts story.
The trouble began when students at Terry Elementary School brought home letters detailing the trip to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at a local church, according to a report from Arkansas’ KARK. A parent who had a problem with the play’s content notified the local atheist group of the field trip.
“We’re not saying anything bad about Charlie Brown,” Anne Orsi, vice president of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, told KARK. “The problem is that it’s got religious content and it’s being performed in a religious venue and that doesn’t just blur the line between church and state, it oversteps it entirely.”
"A Charlie Brown Christmas“ is about the title character’s struggle to overcome the holiday’s commercialism and embrace the true meaning of Christmas. The holiday classic culminates with the character Linus quoting from the second chapter of Luke.
While students can opt out, the parent whistle blower who preferred to remain unnamed told KARK that she is letting her child go because she does not want her child to be bullied.
The church, Agape, told KARK that they have offered other family friendly shows to students in the past without issue and the Little Rock School district said that they do not endorse any religion.
Blog author's comments - It does not bother me what atheists believe. What does bother me is that some of them try to force their beliefs on the Christians in our country.
The parent is going to let the child attend the school trip but felt it was their duty to inform the 'Arkansas Society of Freethinkers' which is a group that supports atheists and agnostics. I suppose the parent fears that their child’s attendance at this stage production could be a bad thing because the child may actually enjoy the Charlie Brown Christmas story.
The vice president of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, said “the problem is that it’s got religious content and it’s being performed in a religious venue and that doesn’t just blur the line between church and state, it oversteps it entirely.” I believe that a large tent could be set up on the school grounds for the play and they would still have a problem with it.
We had thousands of abortions in our country this year, 23 million people are unemployed, 47 million are on food stamps, and we have a $16 trillion deficit, an incompetent government led by an economically illiterate president and his administration. And this is the burning issue of the day for these atheists that I would guess are also liberals? I think the goal of the parent and the 'Arkansas Society of Freethinkers' is to have the school trip canceled for all the children.