The “insults” are becoming brazen when my hometown, Tuscumbia, Alabama gets notified that the elementary children can’t sing Silent Night at school. That’s what happened. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State served notice in this tiny Alabama town.
A group of five, six and seven-year old children will be able to sing ‘Silent Night’ in their Christmas program after Alabama school officials decided to ignore a complaint filed by a group that called the song “unconstitutional.”
“We’ve always sung ‘Silent Night’ and we’ve never had a problem,” Principal Janice Jackson told Fox News & Commentary. “We were just surprised, very surprised.”
Jackson said the children in grades K-2 didn’t understand the controversy.
“They just love to sing and they were even going to perform sign language with the song,” she said.
The community outcry, though, has been tremendous.
“I think it’s sad,” parent Amy Johnson told television station WHNT in Huntsville. “I don’t think this is the place to make your point politically or religiously. Christmas is about Jesus and that’s what the song is about.”
After consulting with their attorney, the school system decided to allow the students to perform the traditional Christmas carol.
“These children are just five six and seven years old,” Jackson said. “I guess we’re living in that kind of a world.”
She said she is relieved that the boys and girls will be able to sing and sign their song next week at the Christmas program. Had the song been cancelled, Jackson said she worried about how they would have told the children.
Note, my view is that Americans United for the Separation of Church and State are not concerned about citizen’s rights in public and in the market place. They only want all religious groups to stop conversing period. Their view of the world is that atheism alone should reign.
- School Refuses to Censor “Silent Night” (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)