- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2016

A Texas judge has ordered a Killeen middle school to restore a staffer’s “Charlie Brown Christmas” display after it was originally censored over its biblical message.

Administrators at Patterson Middle School had ordered Dedra Shannon, a nurse’s aide, to remove a door-length, handmade poster at the entrance to the nurse’s office that featured “Peanuts” character Linus and his famous speech about the true meaning of Christmas, from the Gospel of Luke. The removal caused national backlash, but Killeen school board trustees on Tuesday voted 6-1 to back the school’s principal, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday sued the Killeen Independent School District, seeking a restraining order to allow the display to go back up Friday. He said the school violated the state’s Merry Christmas Law passed by the Legislature in 2013.

At a hearing later Thursday, Judge Jack Jones ruled that the poster should be put back up with an added line calling it “Ms. Shannon’s Christmas message.” He said the disclaimer would clear up any perceived endorsement of religion by the district, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Mr. Paxton cheered the ruling.

“Religious discrimination towards Christians has become a holiday tradition of sorts among certain groups,” he said in a statement. “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.”

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