The Christmas season is upon us, which means the assault on what Christmas is about has picked up again. I know that so much is put into the supposed separation of church and state, but people need to read what it says. The First Amendment says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It does not say that people can never talk about religion in any public forum. It does not say that schools cannot use the term “Christmas” because it ‘excludes.” It does not say that everyone needs to keep their religion to themselves. Yet that is how many interpret it.
A school in Arkansas came under attack by an Atheist group because they were taking students to a performance of the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (story) The claim is that this violates the “separation of church and state.” How? The students’ parents are being given the option, as with anything, to not participate in this. The school stated that they are not promoting any religion and have been very open about what their options are. The school is not telling students they need to believe in Jesus. So, what’s the problem?
There is an assault underway to undermine anything with any sort of religious significance. This is especially true of Christians during the Christmas season, even if the holiday has the name of Christ in it. What makes us so unique as a free country is that we are able to exercise freedom of speech and religion. It does not mean we should switch it off when we go to school.
But, even more than that, I wonder. Is Charlie Brown really the source of religious instruction? It is a Christmas classic that displays the real meaning of Christmas. I think that people are getting a bit too sensitive about their lack of beliefs, which actually is not a lack of beliefs at all. They are promoting their religion in public also.
Bottom line: The school is not breaking the law and the “Arkansas Society of Freethinkers” needs to practice some of that thinking here. Good grief!