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.)

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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

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, the fear of politics being brought up at the dinner table is shared by millions around the country. But comedian Jamie Kilstein has a guide for what you should do to avoid the awkward political turmoil so you can enjoy stuffing your face full of turkey.

Kilstein joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to dissect exactly how you can handle those awkward, news-related discussions around the table on Thanksgiving and provided his 3-step guide to help you survive the holidays with your favorite, liberal relatives: Find common ground, don’t take obvious bait, and remember that winning an argument at the cost of a family member won’t fix the issue you’re arguing about.

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On the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Winston opened up about the entire scandal, what he discovered in the wake of his cancellation, and why he's decided to put truth over career.

"I looked deeper and deeper into the topic, and I realized I hadn't been wrong [when] I'd called the author brave," Winston said of Ngo. "Not only was he brave, he'd been attacked by Antifa mobs in Oregon, and he was then attacked again ... he's unquestionably brave. And so my conscience really started to bother me ... I felt like I was in some way excusing the behavior of Antifa by apologizing for criticizing it. Which then made me feel, well, then I'm as bad as the problem because I'm sort of agreeing that it doesn't exist," he added.

"Another point, by the way, that I found it very frustrating, was that that left-wing media in this country and in my country don't even talk about [Antifa]. We can all see this footage. We see it online," Winston continued. "But they don't talk about it, and that's part of my, I think, interest initially in tweeting about Andy's book. Because I think people need to see what's going on, and it's a blind spot there. ... CNN and MSNBC, they don't cover it. Biden in his presidential election said it was just 'an idea' that didn't exist. I mean, did he not see the courthouse in Oregon being burnt down?"

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