Kentucky legislators have passed a "Charlie Brown" bill to protect religious expression in public schools.
The state senate passed a religious freedom bill in a 31-3 vote last month and the House passed it 81-8 on March 6 to send it to Gov. Matt Bevin.
The legislation was crafted after school officials in a Johnson County public school censored a production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," when Linus recites Christ's birth from the Book of Luke.
Linus recites Luke after Charlie Brown, frustrated with the commercialism of the holiday, asks if anyone can explain the real meaning of Christmas.
"Peanuts" creator Charles Schultz famously insisted on including the religious scene in the original "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which first aired on CBS in 1965.
School officials were worried the scene illegally promoted religion and removed it from the school production.
Ironically some critics said the bill was unnecessary, citing the First Amendment, but Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp says the school's action proved the need.
"Even though the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that schools can include the Bible and other religious stories and elements as part of the educational process, there was confusion in Kentucky over this play," Sharp says. "And so what this law does is reaffirm what the Constitution says."