Skip to comments.The Gospel According to Peanuts [Charlie Brown Christmas]
Posted on 12/22/2013 1:01:40 PM PST by Star Traveler
What people dont know is that the Christmas special almost didnt happen, because some not-so-smart television executives almost didnt let it air. You see, Charles Schulz had some ideas that challenged the way of thinking of those executives 46 years ago, and one of them had to do with the inclusion in his Christmas cartoon of a reading from the King James Bibles version of the Gospel of Luke.
The more things change, the more things stay the same.
There was a standoff of sorts, but Schulz did not back down, and because of the tight production schedule and CBSs prior promotion, the network executives aired the special as Schulz intended it. But they were certain they had a flop on their hands.
They were freaking out about something so overtly religious in a Christmas special, explained Melendez. They basically wrote it off, like, hey, this is just isnt going to be interesting to anyone, and its just going to be like a big tax write-off.
Melendez himself was somewhat hesitant about the reading from Luke. I was leery of the religion that came into it, and I was right away opposed to it. But Sparky just assumed what he had to say was important to somebody.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
I'm downloading it so we can play it during this Christmas Season.
I can’t believe they still show it on network TV without some disclaimer at the beginning saying that “some content may offend certain viewers”.
The Book is even better
I’ll have to look up that book. Thanks ... :-) ...
“Freaking out about something religious in a Christmas special”.
How very strange.
I had a discussion just yesterday with a friend...when did the meaning of Christmas become so watered down and off message?
Neither of us are youngsters and neither of us could remember.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.
I’m getting the Charlie Brown Christmas special on download. If y’all are interested, it’s here on iTunes ...
The liberals are so concerned by the rights of THE MAJORITY. It’s always about the MAJORITY for them. Except when it’s about the rights of the minority, of course.
Why is it, that Jews and Christians managed to live and work together for 200 years in this country, no problem with celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah...for my grade school, no problem whatsoever, and NOW, suddenly, we have a problem??
WHO is CREATING these problems out of thin air???
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Well ... when I was in school, we had prayer in school (that was the Dallas, Texas school district). I even remember one of my assignments in school being the memorization (and recitation) of one of the Psalms.
AND THEN ... all of a sudden ... that quit, and no one (in school) said why!
But we know why — the God-haters have always been at it, not wanting to hear anything from God, or His Word, the Bible - or from His Son, Jesus the Messiah of Israel.
Thanks ... I lived in Oregon for many years. Canby is a very small town just south of Portland - a little bit further away than a suburb of Portland would be.
I had no idea. I guess "something" inspired me to post it on your thread. :)
I went to school in Dallas myself. :)
We all said the Pledge of Allegiance and nobody ran around tearing their hair out because they were offended.
We all prayed and nobody wailed that they were down trodden.
So do you think that ONE person...Madilyn Murray O’Hare or whatever her name was, had such a loud voice that it opened the door for all of this craziness to become more overt and acceptable?
Reading the article about the Peanuts dilemma it must have been going on for a long time...just behind the curtain (so to speak).
Even though Oregon has a reputation for being one of the most unchurched states in the US, it also has a very vibrant and alive Christian community. And the others there have a “live and let live” attitude.
But although I was there about 40 years, I’m now in Tulsa - and right in the Bible Belt. There is a difference in the cultures of Oregon to Oklahoma - but while the greater majority in Oklahoma accept Christianity implicitly - there is a great degree of superficiality to it here, I find.
I just had an after thought.
It really had little to do with MMOH’s big voice...it had to do with the Supreme Court that upheld her minority complaint.
Yes, it has been going on for a long time. People think it’s just recent, but it’s not. However it is getting a whole lot more pervasive,
Even “God’s chosen people” - the Jews of ancient Israel - had the same problem, which is part of the reason why God scattered them way back then - to now regathering them, once again - getting ready for His Son, the Messiah of Israel, to return and set up His Kingdom on earth.
But, it does even go further back in history - when we look at Noah and the worldwide flood to kill all of humanity. Jesus referred to this as to how it would be getting again - when He is about to return.
Of course, the Peanuts special was well before that.
Hey, another favorite — the stop motion The Little Drummer Boy.
Thanks for sharing. I had never seen it before.
No way you could have known...but The Little Drummer Boy is my favorite carole.
Your welcome. Mine too. :)
She was building on Hugo Blacks opinion in Everson(1947) which redefined the First Amendment to encompassed the sentiments of the Blaine (proposed) Amendment.