Public Outcry Restores Christmas Carols at Holiday Concerts
Here’s one for the good guys…
Public outcry in Wausau School District forced the school board to restore Christmas carols at the Christmas concerts.
The Alliance Defending Freedom reported:
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys sent a letter last week to the Wausau School District after administrators left teachers with little option but to cancel a number of Christmas choir performances because administrators severely restricted their ability to include traditional Christmas carols. The school board reversed that decision late last week and restored the holiday concerts.
“Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow students to sing Christmas carols in a holiday production,” said Litigation Counsel Rory Gray. “Courts have unanimously upheld their inclusion–even when songs deal with Christian themes that are naturally a part of the holiday.”
Recently, a district attorney suggested that the Master Singers, an advanced choir at Wausau West High School, would need to exclude all religious Christmas songs from their numerous holiday performances or perform four other types of songs for every religious Christmas song included in the concert.
As a result, the Master Singers temporarily disbanded. Music educators at the elementary level also postponed a number of choir concerts until the spring. The school board later voted to give authority over the concerts back to music educators and school principals.
The Alliance Defending Freedom letter explained that “every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including Christmas carols and other religious music in school choir programs fully complies with the First Amendment.”