An open letter to the school removing Christ from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Dear W. R. Elementary School in Paintsville, Kentucky,

How dare you remove Christ from A Charlie Brown Christmas? Good grief!

Do you think you’re the first to try and censor the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Christmas classic? If so, you’re delusional and might need to visit Lucy’s Psychiatric Help Booth (it only costs five cents, by the way, a real bargain in this day and age).

Conveniently for you, Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon series and national treasure A Charlie Brown Christmas, already fought this battle in the 1960s and won, thank you very much.

In fact, your holiday school production wouldn’t even be possible had Charles Schultz not drawn a line in the sand. (Incidentally, please note the deliberate and courteous use of “holiday” should the word “Christmas” offend you.)

Happiness is being informed, so here’ a little history lesson from a religious scholar to bring you up to speed.

Schultz, a private man, quietly wove faith into his work. As The Boulder Daily Camera once pointed out, “Schulz’s ‘preaching’ never crossed the line into proselytizing.” But make no mistake; wishy-washy he was not.

“Humor which does not say anything is worthless humor,” Schulz once told Decision magazine. “So I contend that a cartoonist must be given a chance to do his own preaching.”

Schulz was not without his critics. With secularism on the rise in the 1960s, Lee Mendelson, producer of the now revered TV classic, told the Star Tribune that CBS brass said, "The Bible thing scares us." But Schulz insisted, and the scene remained.

So, you see, W.R. Elementary School, in 1965—long before your attempt to censor an American work of art—the biblical reference in A Charlie Brown Christmas was challenged. However, Schulz remained steadfast in his convictions. In fact, had the famous scene of Linus telling the biblical version of the birth of Jesus Christ been removed, Schulz would have pulled the proverbial football out from under the higher ups at CBS. (Again, as a courtesy, the biblical reference is Luke 2:8-14.)

And now, you have the audacity to censor and rewrite the very element that hinged on the show’s existence? How arrogant and disgraceful of you.

Charles Schulz stood for something. What do you stand for? You receive one complaint from one family and spinelessly acquiesce. It’s unlikely yours is the first school production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. What’s changed in the last 50 years that makes you believe it’s now a violation of someone’s First Amendment rights to hear Linus speak of shepherds abiding in their field? Generations of American families have enjoyed A Charlie Brown Christmas—in its glorious and original form. Why does it not pass muster now?

Your decision represents the very problem with America today—cowardly people, administrations and organizations that have forgotten our history and are afraid to stand up for our time-honored traditions.

Or, maybe it’s simpler than that. Maybe you think you know better than a master storyteller with a moral compass. In that case, you really are delusional and might want to seek professional help.

Thanks to Schulz, the doctor is in.


Featured Image: Screenshot from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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