Host Bill O'Reilly debated the topic with Fox News' Megyn Kelly. Both O'Reilly and Kelly shrugged off the idea that Arkansas atheists are against children attending the play.
The debate came to light when a parent whose daughter attends Terry Elementary school told the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers that she is concerned her child could be open to ridicule if she opts not to attend a stage production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" being held at Agape Church.
The letter sent home by first and second grade teachers at the school states children who wish to attend must pay $2 to cover the cost of using school buses to get to the show, which is being held on a school day.
The atheist group this steps over the line when it comes to the separation of church and state. The church says is is putting on a free event and has done similar such productions in the past for students without any issue or complaints raised.
The play is set to take the stage on Friday, December 14.