As the assaults on religious freedom in the schools increase, they also become more outrageous. Now, an atheist group is attacking an elementary school for offering a field trip to see a stage play of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” held at a local church.
The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers (ASF) announced its opposition to the trip after receiving a complaint from a parent whose daughter attends the school. The school sent home letters, allowing children to opt out, but according to KARK 4 News, the complaining parent is “concerned her child could be open to ridicule” if she chooses to not attend.
ASF Vice President Anne Orsi also told KARK that, "We’re not saying anything bad about Charlie Brown. The problem is that it's got religious content and it's being performed in a religious venue and that doesn't just blur the line between church and state, it oversteps it entirely.”
While this is utterly absurd and constitutionally wrong, you can expect more and more of these attacks as atheist groups across the country are becoming more aggressive in targeting faith in public schools – especially during the Christmas season.
But, there is hope. Liberty Institute is fighting back.
In an effort to protect the religious rights of America's 50 million students, we launched “The Angela Project,” our nationwide effort to stop the widespread assault on religious freedom in our public schools. The project was named after a high school valedictorian that was told by a federal judge she could not pray during her graduation speech – or risk imprisonment if she did.
In this case, Liberty Institute was able to step in and get the ruling overturned, but unfortunately, many stories of religious hostility and discrimination in public schools are never told – sometimes because students, teachers and administrators are unaware of their constitutional rights.
As part of “The Angela Project”, we developed a “Know Your Religious Rights Kit” to provide students with important information on their religious rights. No student should have to face religious hostility and discrimination in school; instead they should feel free to express their beliefs and feel empowered to stand up for their faith.
The comprehensive kit even includes a section entitled “Christmas in Public Schools,” which contains answers to some of the most common questions, including:
- Can a school include religious Christmas music, art, or drama in a school play or performance?
- Can students give out Christmas gifts with religious messages at school parties?
- Can a school refer to “Christmas” and have a “Christmas party,” or must the school have only “holidays” and “holiday parties?
Click here to download your free kit today, and share it with your children, grandchildren and friends.
We also need your financial support to counter the efforts of these atheist groups to deprive students and school leaders of their religious rights. Please give now, so we can continue our important work of defending and restoring religious liberty in America – in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena.
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.