Christmas, religion and atheism are a mix that sometimes frazzles nerves and tempers. You're correct, nothing in the linked article mentions removing the TV special from the air. But I think the point of the link was to highlight the latest high-profile case of people who oppose the religious content in the movie.
From the article, Anne Orsi, a lawyer and member of the Arkansas Society of Free Thinkers:
“While everyone loves Charlie Brown, the religious content of the program is a problem, as is the trip to a church to see it,” she said.
The difficult part of this is, the religious content is embedded in the show, whether on TV or on stage...and also that's she's a lawyer. That's always an implied lawsuit that no one can afford.
I don't have any links (though many can be found here
), but, especially near Christmas time, the news is replete with stories of atheist groups trying block the religious aspects of Christmas with ever-increasing ferocity.
Obviously, not all atheists are the militant-type who want to stop all public references to religion. In fact, I'm sure almost all atheists aren't any different than people of faith, having the same desires for themselves, their children, their country, etc.
But the vocal few, in cahoots with a PC-drowned court system, make it worrisome for those of us who feel our beliefs are being demonized (LOL!) and shouted down. I hope you don't have the impression that my disgust with the militant-types colors my opinion of all atheists.
I've probably rambled to the point of losing my point, sorry. I just didn't want you to think that you had to defend yourself from me. As far as I'm concerned, you're a fellow Christmas-nut and a friend.