When a Kentucky elementary school decided to censor its performance of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas play Thursday, it apparently did not count on the epic response of parents in attendance.
The famous monologue originally delivered by the cartoon’s character Linus van Pelt in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” shares the meaning of Christmas by reading the Bible verses from Luke 2:8-14. The W.R. Castle Elementary School had instructed students to remain silent during this part of the performance, but parents had another idea as they recited the lines in unison at that exact moment.
During an earlier radio broadcast, Glenn Beck had commented on the school’s decision and called on parents to protest.
“I would get together with parents and I would — if I knew this was coming — take the script of what Linus actually says and I would stand up as a block of parents and just stop the show and just all of us at that point, ‘Doesn’t anybody know what Christmas is all about?’ And all of the parents stand up and just start saying it, even as the play is going on,” said Beck.
The parent of one of the students appeared on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Friday, saying it was “an amazing moment.”
“The parents in the bleachers basically quoted the verse from the book of Luke, and it was just an amazing moment — it really was,” Joey Collins said. “Everybody was pretty much in tears and clapping. It was just a great time.”
The controversy originally erupted in Johnson County when Superintendent Thomas Salyer made the decisoon to remove Biblical references in holiday plays, following a complaint. Protests marked the week despite Salyer’s claims that he was just following the law, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
In a letter to school officials, Matt Sharp of the legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, had called on the district to reverse its decision, but to no avail.
“I’m still disappointed to see the school district did not do the right thing and continued to censor this play and deprive these kids who have put a lot of work and energy into this of the opportunity to do the full play like they had practiced,” said Sharp, according to the Herald-Leader.
The school’s principal, however, was disappointed for another reason.
“I wish that they had let the kids do the play,” he said.
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