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Texas Judge Orders Charlie Brown Christmas Display Restored

The attorney general had argued Texas's Merry Christmas law means schools can't "silence a biblical reference to Christmas"

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    A Texas judge has ordered a school district to restore a decoration that included a biblical verse recited by Linus in the 1960s TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

    Officials in the Killeen school district north of Austin ordered a nurse's aide, Dedra Shannon, to remove a handmade decoration featuring a Bible verse from the special, fearing it violated prohibitions on religion in classrooms.

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued to get it restored, arguing the state's 2013 so-called Merry Christmas law means schools can't "silence a biblical reference to Christmas."

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Judge Jack Jones ruled Thursday the display should be put back up with an added line calling it "Ms. Shannon's Christmas message."

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    (Published Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018)