But that is not enough. There is no excuse for what the school has allowed to happen with a 3rd grade assembly scheduled to take place shortly.
Last week a Federal judge issued an injunction that barred the school from compelling students to sing a decidedly religious song in order to participate in the upcoming assembly. The students were told they had to sing Diamond Rio's In God We Still Trust (see the YouTube video at the end of this post.) The students were told if they did not sing the song, they would not be allowed to participate in the program at all. After reading over the lyrics, the judge wisely saw that the song was as close as it gets to an establishment, told the school that it crossed the line & that the parents would very likely win the lawsuit:
The challenged song is not a sacred example of a choral music used to instruct students in music theory and appreciation. It is a modern, American county music song overtly espousing a specific religious viewpoint and attacking of those who do not share in the same belief. Additionally, the song degrades the doctrine of governmental separation and neutrality towards the promotion of religious ideologies.And the judge was 100% right. The song is not just a little religious: it is ideological, both politically & religiously, & is dead wrong in its political assertions. Here is a snippet of the lyrics (click here for the entire song's lyrics):
You place your hand on His Bible, when you swear to tell the TruthI don't see how anyone can say that song is not an endorsement, totally inappropriate in a public school & certainly not a song that children should be forced to sing or be punished for not singing it.
His name is on our greatest Monuments, and all our money too,
And when we Pledge allegiance, there's no doubt where we stand,
There is no separation, we're one Nation under Him.
Now there are those among us, who want to push Him out,
And erase His name from everything, this country's all about,
From the Schoolhouse to the Courthouse, they're Silencing His Word,
Now it's time for all Believers, to make our Voices heard.
So the judge ordered the injunction even though the school had already pulled it from the assembly performance. (Click here for the article in the St. Augustine Record.)
That should have been the end of it, right? Oh, no! Not when there is a Righteous Cause! Those folks at Webster Elementary School just can't stand it that the law won't allow their religious views to be forced on students. Nope. So what do these Extremists do, hmmm? Five days after the judge spanked them, the school retaliates against those students by selecting another sectarian song: Chatter With the Angels.
This is where the school plays innocent but can legitimately have its motives questioned. The song Chatter With the Angels is an old African-American spiritual. It is in an approved textbook & has been on the approved teaching list for 20 years. So why did the school suddenly decide Chatter With the Angels was going to be performed? Is there anyone that honestly believes the school is behaving uprightly in this? Sure. Uh hu. And I've got a date with Jessica Simpson tonight. Here is the updated article in the St. Augustine Record.
What is it with these people? This is the kind of stuff the Islamo-Fascists do, not what we do in America.