Let us start with the end of the story… (from the christian perspective)
A Little Rock, Arkansas church has cancelled its stage production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” after a local atheist group complained about it being seen by school children.
Children watching Charlie Brown? The only way to stop this harmless wholesome fun is for an atheist to complain!
One mother complained….
I knew it! We also have a brave principal that stood up for the children against this one atheist.
..the “courageous stand” that the school’s principal took in “not succumbing to the pressure of one complaint voice…”
You know how violent those atheist get….
“It is not our desire to put hard-working, sacrificial teachers and cast members in harm’s way…”
All we wanted to do was share the love of Christ!
“Christmas is a Christian holiday — hence it’s name – Christmas,” the pastor wrote in his statement. “Our program addresses its origins with light-hearted songs and theatre. The context of the birth of Christ is broadly described in both Old and New Testament texts.”
All is now preserved in the mind of the christian. They are once again oppressed and prevented from doing something nice for everyone by one “ardent” (or “avowed” or “admitted” or “angry” or “strident”) atheist. They fought the good fight but the atheists used their power to oppress – again!
Now back to the real world…..
About three weeks ago a Little Rock, AR parent was asked to sign a permission slip to send their child to see a stage version of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Agape, a local evangelical church.
The letter the teachers sent home indicates the play will be held on a school day at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Agape Church. Children attending will be taken on a school bus and will need to pay $2 to cover the expense of the bus rides, according to the letter.
So, during school time, teachers will take all of the children on school buses to an evangelical version of Charlie Brown.
My friend Anne, stepped up to help…
“We’re not saying anything bad about Charlie Brown,” said Anne Orsi, a Little Rock Attorney and Vice President of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers.
“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 over steps it entirely.”
As you can imaging, local tv, local papers picked up the story and ran with it and the FOX news got their claws on the story. Anne got this letter from a long time friend…
I am “outraged” that atheists are denying children the right to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in Little Rock.
She is not preventing anyone. If you want to go see it – GO! Want to take your kids – FINE! What you cannot do, is use the power of the state to force everyone to go. The play is not canceled. All that was canceled was the one show during school time.
Let 6 and 7 yr. olds be “Freethinkers.” Let them decide.
If only she meant this. Let an atheist into your church to explain why god is made up and we can talk about letting the kids decide. I make you a deal…. let an atheist speak in the public school on a religious diversification panel and we can talk.
They also point out that you can choose to not go….
Unbelievers’ children can sit in another classroom.
All alone back at school with the one teacher that has to stay behind and watch them. As wrong as that is, it would just be the beginning. Kids (and adults) can be ruthless to the one kid that is different. They would lose friends and get harassed by other students. Some choice.
This is wrong and has been ruled wrong by the courts again and again. However the Christians will not hear that.
The news media in Arkansas does not have the stones to point out that it is against the law. Why? because they are scared. Some Christians wish that people feared them like people fear Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Well in large parts of the United States they actually do. Who will stand for The Constitution, who will stand for the law, who will stand for the kids? The atheist! You must take a stand you must be heard.
Christians claims power by force while speaking of peace. They claim power with hate while preaching love. It is time for this system to end.