When one Kentucky elementary school cut Linus Van Pelt's famous monologue from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," in which he shares the meaning of the holiday season by reading Luke 2:8-14, the administration probably wasn't expecting the kind of response they received during Thursday's Christmas production.
During his radio program Thursday morning, Glenn Beck suggested parents protest the school's decision by reciting Luke 2:8-14 during the time the censored monologue is supposed to be delivered.
"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," Beck suggested.
As it turns out, parents did just that. During Thursday's production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," parents seemed prepared at just the right moment to recite Linus' Christmas message. In unison, the Kentucky parents started reading Luke 2:8-14.
In response to Thursday night's happenings, a parent from the Kentucky school and a representative from Alliance Defending Freedom, the religious liberty organization that called on Johnson County Schools in Paintsville, Kentucky, to reverse the decision to cut the monologue, shared their reaction on Fox News' Fox and Friends Friday morning.
"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, parent of one Kentucky student, said. "Everybody was pretty much in tears and clapping. It was just a great time."
The famous speech caught in the center of the Kentucky controversy shared words fairly familiar to Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. In fact, he often used his cartoons to share his faith.
"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."
In fact, Schulz originally added the minute-long monologue because, in his words, the Biblical meaning of Christmas "had been lost in the general good-time frivolity." As it turns out, even when the first script was written, CBS — the station that originally aired the special — wasn't too happy about the Scriptural message.
But the monologue made the cut for CBS and, thanks to outspoken Kentucky parents, it made the cut during Thursday's elementary production, too.
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