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KILLEEN (AP) – Texas’ attorney general has sued one of the state’s school districts over its removal of a decoration that included a biblical verse recited by Linus in the 1960s TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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Republican Ken Paxton announced the lawsuit Thursday. He argues that Texas’ “Merry Christmas law,” adopted in 2013, means schools can’t “silence a biblical reference to Christmas.”

Officials in the Killeen school district north of Austin ordered a nurse’s aide to remove a handmade decoration featuring a Bible verse from the special, fearing it violated prohibitions on religion in classrooms.

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The school board then voted 6-1 on Tuesday to endorse the move.

Paxton’s suit calls it censorship. He said in a statement that “religious discrimination towards Christians has become a holiday tradition of sorts among certain groups. I am glad to see that the court broke through the left’s rhetorical fog and recognized that a commitment to diversity means protecting everyone’s individual religious expression.” 

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