AUSTIN, Texas — A judge ordered on Thursday for a Texas school district to restore a “Charlie Brown Christmas” display that included a Bible verse.
Two weeks ago, school officials asked Debra Shannon, a nurse’s aide at Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas, to take the display down because it contained a biblical message and violated state law, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton protested the school board’s decision, asking the judge to allow the display to be put back up.
“Contrary to the decision of KISD, the inclusion of Bible verses or religious messages on student or teacher-sponsored holiday decorations does not violate Texas law,” the suit filed said. “To the contrary, Texas law prohibits KISD from expressing hostility toward religious messages, and it also specifically encourages school districts to take a more inclusive approach to religious and secular celebrations.”
In the television classic, Peanut character Linus says Jesus Christ is the true meaning of Christmas.
“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,” Linus says.