I stood outside in the cold. Waiting. The sun had slipped behind the mountains and the wind blew through the valley, taking with it what little warmth remained. The snow that fell the day before had melted slightly and was now a frozen winter blanket on the concrete outside the theater. It was Christmas and we had come to see the Nativity Story.
Recently, a church in Little Rock has had to reschedule its production
of the children's Christmas play, â€śMerry Christmas, Charlie Brownâ€ť due
to a bunch of controversy over some elementary school teachers' offer
to take kids to see the play on a school day.
Apparently, some atheists in the community believe the teachers at
this school have stepped over the line separating church and state.
According to a news report, the controversy started when a parent
expressed her concern to the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, stating
I was raised from the time I was about 11 years of age by my grandparents and back in those days most folks had one television. Ours was in my grandparentâ€™s bedroom and I can tell you that young Dave had very little influence over what we watched in the evenings.
Rules were relaxed in the afternoon after school and Saturdays, of course, but that was it. If I wanted to see TV, we watched what Mamma wanted and that included â€śPerry Masonâ€ť, â€śWagon Trainâ€ť, â€śDragnetâ€ť, â€śHave Gun will Travelâ€ť and what I considered the MOST boring â€“ â€śHallmark Hall of Fame.â€ť (grin).