- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2016

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is speaking out against a middle school’s censoring of a Bible passage from a staffer’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” display.

Dedra Shannon, a staffer at Patterson Middle School in Killeen, had decorated a door to the nurse’s office with a full-length poster depicting Linus’ famous speech about the true meaning of Christmas.

“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 poster read.

Ms. Shannon told Fox News columnist Todd Starnes that the principal ordered her to remove the Bible passage. She said she didn’t see the value in keeping the drawing of Linus up without the quote, so she removed the poster altogether.

Killeen Independent School District (ISD) officials last week defended the principal’s decision, saying “employees are not permitted to impose their personal beliefs on students,” a local CBS News affiliate reported.

Mr. Paxton, a Republican, accused the school board of violating the state’s 2013 “Merry Christmas” law, which he said was meant to prohibit “this type of discrimination against people of faith.”

“This is an attack on religious liberty and a violation of the First Amendment and state law,” he said. “I am calling on the school board of the Killeen ISD to immediately reverse their unlawful decision.”

District officials said Ms. Shannon’s display violated a section of the so-called Merry Christmas law that states, “A display relating to a traditional winter celebration may not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief,” CBS reported.

“Upon review, it is clear that this display was not in keeping with the
Merry Christmas Bill (House Bill 308), which requires that a display not encourage adherence to a particular religion,” the district said Friday.

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