Freedom of Religion—Even in School

Don’t mess with Linus. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I'm John Stonestreet with The Point.

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It’s easily the best scene in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Linus drops his security blanket, walks on stage, asks for the lights, and says, “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Now, here’s a quiz. Is it legal for a public school teacher to display a poster of Linus with those immortal words?

A Texas principal said no and demanded a teacher remove religious references from the poster or take it down, in the name of separation of church and state.

But the principal was wrong. Which is why a Texas judge ordered that the poster could be restored.

This story illustrates the confusion out there regarding separation of church and state—especially in schools. That’s why for years, I’ve recommended Gateways to Better Education. They can help you and your school’s officials understand religious rights at school—at Christmas time and all year round. Visit Gateways at


Further Reading

Texas attorney general drops a great big Yuletide truth bomb on school district
Todd Starnes | | December 9, 2016

Judge rules "Charlie Brown" poster can be displayed at Killeen school
Jim Hice | | December 16, 2016

Gateway to Better Education


Linus and blanket
Note---slight alteration--
Linus does not drop the blanket until he quotes "Fear not"!

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