For the past few years, we’ve seen the school system censor Christianity to levels that are simply unheard of. Unfortunately, it looks like this year will be no different. Fifth graders at Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster County, PA will not be performing “A Christmas Carol” this year, though it has been a tradition for decades. Parents told local reporters at Fox News the play was shut down because two parents complained about a line in the Charles Dickens holiday classic.
According to WHTM, the parents took offense to the words, “God bless us, everyone.”
“I was very surprised because it’s going on for decades and it’s a tradition at the school that everyone looks forward to,” Jane Burkhart, a local resident, told the TV station. Like many other parents, she is saddened by the politics in the cancellation. “One little line shouldn’t ruin it for every kid. Charles Dickens is a class author, not a religious author.”
After the story broke in the local media, Principal Tom Kramer addressed the controversy in a message posted to the school’s website.
“We understand that some parents are upset that the play was canceled, but we have heard from families on both ends of the spectrum, including those who expressed appreciation that the play, as it had traditionally been prepared and delivered, was canceled,” he wrote. Kramer denies reports that the decision was based only on one or two families and did not specifically address allegations about the single line.
“Our decision is rooted in the desire to be respectful of the many cultural and religious backgrounds represented by students attending Centerville Elementary,” Kramer wrote. “Given the changes in state standards in recent years, we could not defend the commitment of this kind of instructional time to something not part of the fifth-grade curriculum.”
The decision is censorship at its core and some fear it is sending Christian children the wrong message.
“What does this communicate to our kids?” a local attorney commented on the matter. “It says that anything religious is not really appropriate in public life. It’s something you’re supposed to keep to yourself…It seems like people are trying to take away our traditions left and right. We need to do something to push back.”
What do you think? Is this absolutely outrageous?
Source: American News