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Michael Rielly

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

FoxNews
April 4, 2019

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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

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Santa Bill Reiller

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

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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.

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Black River Santa

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. 

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Santa Johnny Boy

God save us from all these nuts...

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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...

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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!

 

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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.

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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. 

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1 hour ago, Santa Dan said:

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

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