The creator of “Peanuts”, “Linus”, “Lucy”, and of course, “Charlie Brown”, was an Atheist. In the late 1980s, Schulz stated that his philosophical views had evolved over the years: “I do not go to church anymore… I guess you might say I've come around to secular humanism, an obligation I believe all humans have to others and the world we live in.”
His colleaques recall that “Sparky” lived up to the same moral values, experienced identical foibles and wrestled with the same fears as “Charlie Brown”. They also saw themselves in his cast of characters as Schulz's secret of success was drawing from his personal life experiences.
Charles cringed at the mention of Family Circus, the strip by Bill Keane, that is strewn with cutesy references to Jesus (who wants to protect children on school buses, but can't because of laws about separation of church and state!)
. . . and those sickly-sweet images of invisible deceased grandparents looming protectively over the kids. Oh, I can't stand that. You could get diabetes reading them, couldn't you?