WITTENSVILLE, KY -Charlie brown is 50 years old. Well, A Charlie Brown Christmas, at least.
Since 1965, Charlie Brown and the gang have entertained families around the world with their own special look at Christmas and the meaning behind the holiday.
President Lyndon Johnson laid out plans for his Great Society in 1965. It was also the year of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, and the year the Voting Rights Act became the law of the land.
But apparently not for all people, particularly the Christian families of students attending W.R. Castle Elementary School in Wittensville, Kentucky, population 624 and change.
Reports out of the bluegrass state say the principal cut all Bible references from the play at his school.
The superintendent of the Johnson County schools says administrators are reviewing all programs for religious references.
Thomas Salyer added, “However, our district is fully committed to promote the spirit of giving and concern for our fellow citizens that help define the Christmas holiday.”
Schools across the country perform the play each year, but it seems some residents of Johnson County don’t like the direct bible quotes from Linus. They say Bible references amount to an endorsement of the Christian religion.
The folks who don’t mind the Bible quotes are just out of luck. Of course, they can always buy the Charlie Brown Christmas postage stamps and tell protesters to stick ‘em where the sun don’t shine.