Earlier this month, Dedra Shannon, a staffer at Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas, put up a poster outside her classroom featuring a scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was Linus reciting a Bible verse: “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 school’s principal asked her to take it down because it could be seen as a promotion of religion, to which Shannon replied, “It is a slap in the face of Christianity.” No it wasn’t, and that response was exactly the point. This was always about promoting Christianity!
After an hour-long hearing, Judge Jack Jones ruled that the door display… should be put back up with an added line: “Ms. Shannon’s Christmas message.”
“Religious discrimination towards Christians has become a holiday tradition of sorts among certain groups,” Paxton said in a statement after the judge’s decision. “I am glad to see that the court broke through the left’s rhetorical fog and recognized that a commitment to diversity means protecting everyone’s individual religious expression.”
That has to be the strangest possible way to resolve this matter.
What rule of law are we following now? Are teachers allowed to post Bible verses in their classrooms as long as there’s a disclaimer that it’s just their personal beliefs? Does that rule also apply to Muslim staffers? Atheists? Satanists? Can science teachers post signs saying, “Axial tilt is the reason for the season… this sign brought to you by reality”?
If there isn’t a challenge to this ruling, then what’s stopping teachers from posting Bible verses all around the District? Because give it a few weeks and you’ll see them everywhere.
It’s not “persecution” to say public school employees shouldn’t be proselytizing while on the clock. Just because the verse appeared in a Christmas-themed play doesn’t make it okay, either.
(Thanks to Scott for the link)