A Jewish family recently fled their home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, after being accused of causing the cancelation of a fifth-grade performance of "A Christmas Carol" at Centerville Elementary School.
Two unidentified parents allegedly complained about a line in the Charles Dickens play, which says "God bless us, everyone," WHTM reported.
The Hempfield School District said it investigated the alleged complaint, and decided to cancel the play because rehearsals were going to eat up 20 hours of classroom time.
Shannon Zimmerman, a district spokeswoman, said: "It’s not a part of the written curriculum of fifth grade, but students and teachers were required to participate in it and we can’t allow that to continue."
News about the play was picked up by conservative media sites.
Todd Starnes jumped on the pile on his blog on Fox News' website:
Heaven forbid the teachers try to introduce the children to the world of the performing arts ... But this year, I’m afraid Tiny Tim’s goose has been cooked by the Ghost of Christmas Intolerance. Bah, humbug indeed.
Breitbart News ran this headline: "School Cancels Production of 'A Christmas Carol' Due to Complaints About Famous Line, Education Concerns."
The school district said it got 200 phone calls about the play's cancelation.
The Jewish parents told Lancaster Online they did not complain about the play, but rather asked that their child be excused from performing in it, notes PennLive.
They said the school gave their child an exemption, but the student has been "harassed by classmates" since the Christmas play was canceled in November.
The parents said they left the area temporarily because of online comments, and because of the Dec. 5 incident of a gunman who walked into a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., to check out a right wing conspiracy theory, and allegedly fired some shots.
The parents are hoping to return to Lancaster County, and put their child back in school once things have calmed down.