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Church-state battle envelops school choirs
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Hilary Matheson

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Posted By:davesenior, 12/5/2013 12:24:47 PM

As Christmas nears, two local school districts find themselves being drawn unwillingly into the battle against religion in the public square — but both districts maintain that allowing students to participate in traditional Christmas concerts does not violate anyone’s rights. Choirs from Glacier, Flathead and Whitefish high schools will perform as planned today and Friday during the “Peace on Earth Community Christmas Celebration” despite receiving requests from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Montana to cancel.

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Another campaign in the war against Christmas...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cardsfan, 12/5/2013 12:29:44 PM     (No. 9641491)

It´s a Christmas presentation - if you don´t want to hear it, don´t go! I object to lots of the current day "entertainment" so I don´t pay to see it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 12/5/2013 12:39:12 PM     (No. 9641505)

Much of the really good choral music written over the past 300-400 years was written to the glory of God. Yes, that God.

You, very strange people, can go listen to Shag, Justin and Whoosits. Leave others alone.

Stupid has no cure.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: msjena, 12/5/2013 12:57:23 PM     (No. 9641534)

What´s next, banning Handel´s Messiah and removing Michelangelo from the art books? What court decision says that Christmas songs can´t be sung at school Christmas concerts?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 12/5/2013 1:37:11 PM     (No. 9641587)

#3, not far-fetched. Who would have we´d be where we are now, although when "political correctness" became an acceptable form of censorship during the Clinton Admin., many of us were alarmed?

These anti religious liberties thugs are an arrogant, nasty bunch of busybodies.

Time for people to send these stinkers packing.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TexasAllTheWay, 12/5/2013 1:40:04 PM     (No. 9641593)

When I was in the fourth grade, a church school bus would come once a week for bible study. My best friend was Jewish, she didn´t go, and I got permission not to go. No one was offended, no one put up a big stink. We had quite a good time staying in the school room unattended!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: right-turn, 12/5/2013 2:55:45 PM     (No. 9641682)

I would like the idiot who claims the Constitution guarantees secular schools to point out where it is written.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/5/2013 3:09:56 PM     (No. 9641711)

This has been a complaint in our school district for years. There are many non-Christians, and they object to any music with a religious tone.

The music director has patiently explained, year in and year out, exactly what #2 said--that much of choral music was written for the Church.

#3, it´s never a Christmas concert. It´s the Winter Concert. Our school calendar is completely devoid of any mention of what the days off are for--just gray boxes saying "spring break" or "winter break" or just "school closed" for all the religious holidays.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: msjena, 12/5/2013 5:56:01 PM     (No. 9641979)

#7, you´re right. It´s the "Winter Concert." They sing about Jingle Bells and Sleigh Rides and even Hanukkah, but no Christmas songs that mention Christ or Jesus. One year, my daughter´s school allowed some kids to sing Silent Night in German. I guess they figured no one would understand the words so it so it would be OK.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/5/2013 6:43:53 PM     (No. 9642049)

Best thing to do with these people, carry a copy of the Constitution and the Amendments and challenge them to show you where it says "separation of church and state". If they come back with the Establishment clause, have them read it to you, then explain to you what the words after the first comma mean.

They may decide to shut up if you accent it with them being Communist traitors. That´s what I do.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: fritzilou, 12/5/2013 9:45:00 PM     (No. 9642246)

This is the stupidest issue. Having gone through public schools and sung in the choir for many years, this Jewish girl enjoyed singing the traditional and beautiful religious Christmas carols along with the fun Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. My favorite though is Oh Holy Night and whenever I hear it playing today, I sing along and I´m still touched by it´s beauty.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: scott5js, 12/7/2013 12:52:04 PM     (No. 9644424)

I am worried about a war on Kwanzaa. Will I be allowed to say "Happy Kwanzaa?"

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