Jump to content
Michael Rielly

Elderly woman barred from reading 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' to children

Recommended Posts

Michael Rielly

Elderly woman barred from reading 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' to children

FoxNews
April 4, 2019

EXCERPT:

Joan-and-Wilma.jpg

Last December, residents at a Michigan senior living center were invited to read Christmas stories to children visiting from a nearby preschool and child development center.

Boys and girls from the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Child Development Center and Preschool were enraptured by the yuletide stories shared by residents of the Kalkaska Senior Living Center. One senior citizen regaled the youngsters with Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” a dark and scary story filled with monsters and witches and demons.

Wilma Wells chose to read a book about Christmas traditions and afterward, she asked the boys and girls if they knew why we celebrate the holiday.

At that point, an unidentified teacher rose up and stopped the elderly woman from proceeding, according to a complaint filed by First Liberty Institute.

“We won’t go there, Wilma,” the teacher allegedly declared.

Later, the students were treated to a recitation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by resident Joan Wilson. (I suspect you know where this is going.)

Towards the end of the story, Linus recites a historical account of the Christmas story. As Wilson was summarizing that portion of the story, the teacher abruptly interrupted her, canceled the visit and escorted the children out of the room.

Good grief. Poor Joan Wilson was left all alone because the teacher apparently got triggered by the reason for the season.

“There’s nothing quite like a government Grinch crushing the spirit of Christmas,” First Liberty Institute attorney Keisha Russell told the Todd Starnes Show.

First Liberty, a law firm that specializes in religious discrimination cases, is representing Wells and Wilson.

“Our clients were simply exercising their constitutionally protected rights by reading a much beloved Christmas story to children when they were silenced,” the suit claims.

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, the government-owned company that runs both groups, did not respond to inquiries for comment.

First Liberty contends the teacher’s actions violated the Free Exercise and Free Speech clauses of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

“Joan and Wilma are private citizens whose speech, including religious speech, is fully protected by the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses,” Russell wrote in a letter to the health center.

First Liberty alleges the teacher, who is a government employee, broke the law by censoring or banning certain speakers or speech because of its religious content. It’s called viewpoint discrimination.

“Here, the teacher allowed those who spoke about Christmas in secular terms to speak unimpeded but abridged the speech of those who spoke to the historical significance of Christmas’ origins.

It’s not the first time “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has triggered a meltdown among leftwing educators.

In 2016 a middle school staffer was ordered to remove a Christmas-themed Linus display from her office door and in 2015 a Kentucky school district removed religious references from a stage production of the program.

First Liberty Institute is calling on Kalkaska Memorial Health Center to apologize to Miss Joan and Miss Wilma for violating their constitutional rights. They also want written assurance that the center’s employees will abide by federal law.

In other words, if it’s permissible for a senior citizen to read Christmas stories about demons, zombies and witches, it’s also permissible to read Christmas stories about the reason for the season.

SOURCE: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/todd-starnes-elderly-woman-barred-from-reading-a-charlie-brown-christmas-to-children

  • Sad 1
  • Angry 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Bill Reiller

Unbelievable what society has becomed.  Hopefully we are not doomed to keep going.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Drosselmeyer

It is sad that so many are so far removed from the gospel - in the name of being "non-offensive" or "PC" - that they are willing to totally shut out the incredible root Christmas story of the greatest gift given to us - the birth of the Christ.  I am glad that First Liberty is helping them right this wrong.

  • Like 1
  • Love 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa
Posted (edited)

You can't remove Christ from the Christmas story or Santa, for that matter. He is based on a religious figure and arrives on Christmas Eve  for a reason - it is the reason for the season.  I understand (barely) that it's the age we are living in but even if you want to take the faith aspect out of the picture, it is not unreasonable to expect that at least the historical context for the holiday be understood. 

Edited by Black River Santa
addendum
  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Johnny Boy

God save us from all these nuts...

  • Like 3
  • Love 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mervyn The Hired Hand

History is important, and should not be blocked from our youth, whether history of Christ, Muhammad, or Buddha. Not always easy to talk about ALL of them in one story, just to satisfy somebody's idea of what is socially correct. And interrupting an invited guest because one did not ask them in advance what story they would read is not only rude but obnoxious. Somebody needs more training...

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Dan

Sad on so many levels. LOL, I had several paragraphs type out of reaction to this nonsense and then remembered that we try not to get into politics no matter how stupidly a political and not how the system was meant to be balanced.

Uhg!

 

Find my inner Santa....

I am one with the Beard...

I am one with the Suit...

I am one with the cookie...

Ahhh.... Cookies are life...

All Better...

I do have to be careful as I have a strong opinion on freedom and what separation of Church and State was meant to be before it was manipulated like the magnetic poles and switched.

cookies....

cookies...

cookies....

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TamaleClaus

Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.

We are NOT in charge, sigh,    TAKE A DEEP BREATH,    EXHALE     I will not argue with the source.  Not sure exactly how to apply that phrase, but attempt to follow. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa
1 hour ago, Santa Dan said:

cookies....

cookies...

cookies....

 

I've discovered my new mantra - than you, Santa Dan!

  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Donations

    All donations go directly towards the cost of hosting and running ClausNet!

    Your support, through donations or simply by clicking on sponsor links, is greatly appreciated!

    Donate Sidebar by DevFuse
  • Our picks

    • If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong
      The post-Christmas blues are a very real thing. Once the date of December 25th has passed the specter of December 26th is an ominous marker to many. It sits there on the calendar like the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. Silent and foreboding, the very image of the hooded Angel of Death it seems to be. And why not?

      Just about anywhere you look Americans are tossing trees to the curb, ripping down lights from rooftops and radio stations are flipping back to everyday music. What took months to build gets deconstructed in a matter of a couple of days.
        • Like
      • 25 replies
    • Auld Lang Syne
      Every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, millions around the world traditionally gather together to sing the same song, “Auld Lang Syne”. As revilers mumble though the song’s versus, it often brings many of them to tears – regardless of the fact that most don’t know or even understand the lyrics. Confusion over the song’s lyrics is almost as much of a tradition as the song itself. Of course that rarely stops anyone from joining in.
        • Wow
        • Like
      • 2 replies
    • Merry Christmas, My Friend
      Every year around this time, some variation of this poem is circulated online. The poem is generally credited to “a soldier stationed in Okinawa” or more recently since September 11, 2001, “a Marine stationed in Afghanistan”.

      However, the poem’s true author is Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt.

      Originally entitled, “Merry Christmas, My Friend”, Corporal Schmidt wrote the poem in 1986 while serving as Battalion Counter Sniper at the Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington, D.C.

      That day the poem was placed in the Marine Corps Gazette and distributed worldwide. Schmidt’s poem was later published in Leatherneck (Magazine of the Marines) in December 1991.
        • Sad
        • Love
        • Like
      • 1 reply
    • Is it time to start calling out Bad Santas?
      Is it time to start calling out Bad Santas?

      Do you think we should start calling out those in our community whose actions or behavior is unbecoming of Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus?
        • Wow
        • Like
      • 94 replies
    • Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas
      Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas

      ChristmasWeekly.com
      September 7, 2017

      EXCERPT:

      There is a new Christmas movie headed to theaters this Christmas about Charles Dickens about his creation of A Christmas Carol and Christmas purists hate it. Already.

      The film has a stellar cast that features the dreamy-eyed Dan Stevens as Dickens and the legendary Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. Here is the trailer:

      “This is a very presumptuous film,” said Christmas fan and would-be film critic, Arnold Yates, via MSN. “Charles Dickens was great but he certainly didn’t invent Christmas. Bah Humbug!”

      That sentiment is growing online as the preview makes the rounds.
        • Confused
        • Like
      • 14 replies
    • Seeking recognition
      Seeking recognition is a downward path for a legend who performs his tasks in the veil of night.

      Recently, a fellow portrayer of Santa posted an image on Facebook that they constructed to look like a magazine cover with him on it and several story snips like many publications have on their covers.  You may have seen it if they are your friend on Facebook.  It looks okay.  The composition is good, but the rendering when uploading it to Facebook became distorted it and it is quite pixelated when you look at it from a development standpoint.
        • Love
        • Like
      • 13 replies
    • Not Everyone Can Be Santa!
      Yes, I said it and it is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. I do view many Facebook sites along with websites and posted photos. Frankly, many of these postings should have never been put on public display.
        • Thanks
        • Love
        • Like
      • 1 reply
    • Are you the 'real' Santa?
      How do you answer this question?

      "Are you the 'real' Santa?"

      Read all the replies...
      • 91 replies
    • Infringement? Make up your own mind.
      In the last couple of days, on several different social media and bidding sites, an item has been offered for sale that in my opinion is cause for suspicion.  I would like to bring that product to your attention.

      There is some disagreement over whether or not it is an infringement or not.  I believe it is close enough to be considered as an infringement, but that is not the only the reason behind my post.
        • Like
      • 32 replies
    • Why Bass Pro Shops’ longtime Santa won’t be back this Christmas
      Why Bass Pro Shops’ longtime Santa won’t be back this Christmas

      Christmas is going to be a little different this year for families whose traditions include visiting Santa at Bass Pro Shops. Paul Davis, who spent the last nine years as the Bass Pro Santa in Ashland, will not be there anymore.
        • Sad
        • Like
      • 98 replies
About | Forums | Blogs | Newsletter | Contact


© 2019 MJR Group. LLC. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright IP Policy

Proud affiliate of My Merry Christmas!

Subscribe to the ClausNet Gazette

Enter your email address to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

About ClausNet

The ClausNet community is the largest social network and online resource for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer Handlers, and Santa helpers for the purposes of sharing stories, advice, news, and information.
×
×
  • Create New...