Dad throws down on the Charlie Brown case.

The story about the production of A Charlie Brown Christmas has reached our state newspaper.  This letter made it into the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

It’s freedom of choice

It seems the freethinkers are raising a stink about some primary-school kids going to see A Charlie Brown Christmas as a school field trip.

The person being interviewed on the evening news stated that the children were not required to go; however, he felt that the children should not have to make that choice.

And here I thought making choices was a part of life and our freedoms as citizens.

We all make choices every day; even children are allowed choices. I sincerely hope the Little Rock School District stands up to this minority group and says enough—bring on the lawsuit, because we are not backing down.

There are far bigger problems to solve in this country and state than whether or not children are allowed to view Charlie Brown, and heaven forbid, the traditional Christmas story. Obviously these few disgruntled folks have nothing better to do with their time than to protest against whether children can have a field trip and oh, of course, to put up their winter solstice display.

I have no problem with this display. It is called freedom of choice, which may be a new concept to this group.

Honestly, freethinkers, the only offensive thing I see in your display is that it is so darn ugly. Get some artistic advice, and at least make it somewhat attractive.

LINDA HAMMONTREE

Father was displeased, and posted the following reply in the comments section.

LINDA HAMMONTREE says, “The person being interviewed on the evening news stated that the children were not required to go; however, he felt that the children should not have to make that choice.

And here I thought making choices was a part of life and our freedoms as citizens”.

No child should have to choose to be “different” at a public school. No child should have to choose to be shunned or left out of public school activities because he is not a part of the majoritan religious belief. The lack of both good sense and compassion in her statement is boggling.

She says, “I sincerely hope the Little Rock School District stands up to this minority group and says enough—bring on the lawsuit, because we are not backing down.” I suggest you check out Ahlquist vs. Cranston. Instead of taking down a prayer banner that was a clear violation of church/state separation, the school–at the behest of folks like Linda here—decided to make them file a lawsuit. The school ended up whizzing away $275,000 education dollars on a foredoomed defense of a slam dunk violation. This is exactly what Linda is calling for. Sticking your head in the sand and pretending established jurisprudence doesn’t exist really doesn’t work very well and tends to be very costly.

She says, “Obviously these few disgruntled folks have nothing better to do with their time than to protest against whether children can have a field trip and oh, of course, to put up their winter solstice display.” Actually, they are willing to take some of their time to defend the constitution and laws of the nation.Sneering at that in this fashion shows Linda to either not be bright enough to understand the difference between “religious preference” and “religious neutrality” from the government, or to not be American enough to care about the difference.

She says, “It is called freedom of choice, which may be a new concept to this group.” I think a new concept for Linda may “freedom of LEGAL choices”. The school is more than welcome to provide legal choices of religiously neutral plays.

Too stupid to know the difference, or not American enough to care.  I’ll get some traction out of that gem.

I know Anne will be posting updates and new stuff on the Charlie Brown situation tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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