About this time last year, I wrote about a situation in Kentucky where a school district received a complaint about the biblical references in a student play based on the classic Charles Schulz television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Instead of ignoring the complaint and refusing to discriminate against historical, religious references, the district announced it would censor all religious references from A Charlie Brown Christmas and any other Christmas plays at the district’s schools going forward.
This wasn’t the first time that the Christmas classic found itself on the chopping block, and unfortunately, it wasn’t the last.
Recently, an employee at a public school in Texas was told by the principal to remove a poster on her door featuring the infamous Peanuts Christmas tree, Linus, and these words:
“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.”
As the Daily Caller reports, the employee was told to remove the poster “because non-Christian students might be offended.”
Where to begin?
First of all, I don’t see anyone tearing down posters of Santa Claus or Frosty or Rudolph for fear it might offend those who believe that Jesus is the reason for the season.
This tells me that either (a) people who aren’t self-described Christians are more easily offended than those who are; or (b) these school administrators simply care more about being “politically correct” than they care about the Constitution.
After all, free speech and free expression are protected by the First Amendment. And as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told the school, “The U.S. Supreme Court has held repeatedly that neither students nor teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”
But I digress.
It’s time to stop treating the next generation like precious snowflakes who will melt at the tiniest disturbance in their atmosphere. I know it’s hard considering what’s been happening on college and university campuses across the country—but these students didn’t become this way on their own.
There are a lot of environmental factors that cause a snowflake to form—and I believe the same is true of the next generation.
Our children and grandchildren need to be able to go to school and learn to interact with and respect their peers without people telling them that they should be offended when someone disagrees with them or thinks differently than they do. Or that throwing a temper tantrum is the way to force people to give them what they want.
School administrators like the one in Texas are doing students a disservice by treating them like snowflakes, and in doing so, are creating the perfect environment for this PC ridiculousness to thrive.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m usually all about dreaming of a white Christmas this time of year (especially in Arizona). But I think our world can do without more snowflakes this Christmas, don’t you?