Well, it's the holiday season again! That joyful time when religious and athiest Americans duke it out over Christmas' ability to infiltrate every avenue of life. Even avenues that are supposed to be religion-free. And it seems like with every passing year, finger-pointing and hand-wringing about the "war on Christmas" gets more and more intense. Consider the recent brouhaha surrounding a public grade school field trip in Arkansas ...
After Agape Church invited students at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock to their performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas, teachers told parents in letters home that a school bus would shuttle children to and from the show at the church on a regular school day (Friday, December 14), according to the local news station KARK 4. And upon hearing the plan, atheist parents felt the need to get involved.
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.
I love A Charlie Brown Christmas, and I anticipate showing it to my own kids one day, but there is no reason for a public school to send their kids to a local church to see a play that promotes Christianity. If a school took kids to a mosque to see a play where a main character talked about the beauty and value of Ramadan, conservative Christians would be up in arms.
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside