A Michigan-based health center has reportedly given a verbal apology to two senior citizens who were stopped from telling visiting students about the religious aspects of Christmas, including while reading “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Last week, the conservative law firm the First Liberty Institute sent a letter to the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center on behalf of two residents of Kalkaska Senior Living Center.
According to the letter, Joan Wilson and Wilma Wells were stopped by a teacher from telling kids from the Center’s Child Development Center and Preschool about the birth of Jesus during a Christmas-themed visit last December.
In an email sent out to supporters on Tuesday afternoon, First Liberty reported that the Center had issued an apology to Wells and Wilson and agreed to speak to their employees about the incident.
“We are grateful to KMHC officials for acting swiftly and apologizing to Joan and Wilma,” said Keisha Russell, associate counsel for First Liberty, in a statement included in the email. “Our clients are relieved this ordeal has been settled quickly.”
According to First Liberty’s letter of complaint, sent on April 4, an unnamed teacher told Wells not to explain to the kids why people celebrate Christmas.
Later on during the visit, according to the letter, Wilson read “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to some children. When she attempted to explain the part where the nativity was mentioned, the unnamed teacher suddenly ended the visit.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski