Enough is enough
In ‘Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Tiny Tim delivers one of the famed lines in literature: “God bless us, every one!”
Along with “Bah, humbug,” it’s the story’s signature. There’s the Christmas setting along with some allusions to Christian ideals, but Tiny Tim’s blessing is the tale’s most overt reference to religion.
Yet that was too much for Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Students were to see a staging of Dickens’ story on Dec. 17, but the principal has canceled it, in part because it raised the issue of religion in the public schools.
It only raises the issue with those looking for something to bitch about. The story isn’t overtly religious in content but instead focuses on morality, priorities, and wasted lives. It’s a story about hope, love and second chances. Okay so there are few references to Christian ideals but it’s hardly an altar call for conversion.
As a society we are losing touch with who we are and if the writer of the above article, himself an agnostic can see the dangerous territory we are traveling then so should the rest of us.
The motivation is always well-meaning: to keep religion from distressing anyone in the diverse public square.
As a secularist and agnostic who doesn’t subscribe to any particular religious doctrine, it’s a goal I support.
But even a lifelong doubter like me can see that something crucial is being lost, especially in the schools.
If kids can’t see a Charles Dickens play, hasn’t the cause of separating church and state gone too far?
Yes I do believe it has.