Friday, December 15, 2006

Religious Songs in School Plays

I had not previously noticed anything about this issue before today, but there is a lawsuit that arose out of the Wilson County, Tennessee, school system where elementary children sang "Away in a Manger" in a school play last year. The ACLU sued the school system. The American Center for Law and Justice defended the school system and this year the elementary children were still able to sing "Away in a Manger".

What gets lost a lot of times in the agrument over separation of church and state (which isn't in the Constitution, by the way) is that the First Amendment also protects religious speech and religious speakers. I'm glad to see that at least on one occasion the ACLU's attempt to censor religious speech was defeated.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great point on the First Amendment. I hadn't even thought about it like that.

I wonder what the ACLU has to say about colleges who have plays with Biblical themes. My college started putting on "A Charlie Brown Christmas" last year and continued with it this year. If you've ever seen it, it has some VERY Christian, right-wing content. We've had over 200 people come to see the play (it wasn't advertised very well--we would have had more otherwise) and no one has ever complained . . . *shrugs* Something to think about, I suppose.

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