AG crit­i­cizes school for re­mov­ing Char­lie Brown Bi­ble quote

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

Texas At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ken Pax­ton is speak­ing out against a mid­dle school’s cen­sor­ing of a Bi­ble pas­sage from a staffer’s “A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas” dis­play.

De­dra Shan­non, a staffer at Pat­ter­son Mid­dle School in Killeen, had dec­o­rated a door to the nurse’s of­fice with a full-length poster de­pict­ing Li­nus’ fa­mous speech about the true mean­ing of Christ­mas.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Sav­ior which is Christ the Lord … That’s what Christ­mas is all about, Char­lie Brown,” the poster read.

Ms. Shan­non told Fox News colum­nist Todd Starnes that the prin­ci­pal or­dered her to re­move the Bi­ble pas­sage. She said she didn’t see the value in keep­ing Li­nus up with­out the quote, so she re­moved the poster al­to­gether.

Killeen ISD of­fi­cials last week de­fended the prin­ci­pal’s de­ci­sion, say­ing “em­ploy­ees are not per­mit­ted to im­pose their per­sonal be­liefs on stu­dents,” a lo­cal CBS af­fil­i­ate re­ported.

Mr. Pax­ton, a Repub­li­can, ac­cused the school board of vi­o­lat­ing the state’s 2013 “Merry Christ­mas” law, which he said was meant to pro­hibit “this type of dis­crim­i­na­tion against peo­ple of faith.”

“This is an at­tack on re­li­gious lib­erty and a vi­o­la­tion of the First Amend­ment and state law,” he said. “I am call­ing on the school board of the Killeen ISD to im­me­di­ately re­verse their un­law­ful de­ci­sion.”

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