When a Kentucky elementary school cut a monologue from a school production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” they were not expecting how the parents would respond.
In “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” character Linus van Pelt discusses the meaning of Christmas in a monologue, using Bible verses from Luke 2:8-14 to explain. W.R. Castle Elementary School told students to be silent during that portion of the show, but their parents had another idea.
On Glenn Beck’s radio program, he discussed the school’s decision to keep students silent during the monologue and suggested that, in protest, parents should recite the censored monologue during that part of the show.
“I would get together with parents and I would — if I knew this was coming — take the script of what Linus actually says and I would stand up as a block of parents and just stop the show and just all of us at that point, ‘Doesn’t anybody know what Christmas is all about?’ And all of the parents stand up and just start saying it, even as the play is going on,” Beck said on his radio show.
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The parents followed Beck's advice. During the Dec. 17 production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” parents waited for the exact moment and read Linus’s monologue word for word.
Parent Joey Collins told Fox News that it was an “amazing moment.”
“Everybody was pretty much in tears and clapping,” Collins said. “It was just a great time.”
The monologue was censored after a complaint was made, causing Superintendent Thomas Salyer to remove all Biblical references in holiday plays. Salyer says he was just obeying the law.
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The school’s principal was disappointed, however.
“I wish that they had let the kids do the play,” the principal said.