Texas judge orders Charlie Brown Christmas display restored

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Posted: Dec 15, 2016 5:53 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/2gQqELj ) that Judge Jack Jones ruled Thursday the display should be put back up with an added line calling it "Ms. Shannon's Christmas message."