Atheists, Schools and God, When Does the Attacks End?
How can these atheists be offended by something they say doesn’t exist? Isn’t it about time they put up or shut up? The atheist group, Freedom From Religion, is once again on the attack, and this time at a school district in New York. This group is demanding that the schools remove songs from the curriculum of a music class because they feature the words “god” and “lord” in the lyrics, but the educators aren’t backing down. Good for them…
The Freedom from Religion Foundation has sent letters to the Shenendehowa Central Schools, in Clifton Park, N.Y., threatening legal action if the songs aren’t removed from Okte Elementary School’s curriculum. The possibly-religious songs include “Thank You for the World So Sweet,” which says “Thank you God for everything,” “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” which says “I pray the Lord my soul to keep,” “Michael Row your Boat Ashore” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” “This is not minor. It’s predatory to conduct this toward a young, captive audience who would be truant if they didn’t attend public school,” Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, told FoxNews.com.
It’s no different than Obama and his government butting in brainwashing kids. No harm is done singing religious songs, and I challenge anyone to prove otherwise. So now this crackpot organization sent a letter to Superintendent Oliver Robinson about the songs in June on behalf of a parent who complained. While the two groups communicated over the summer break, a third letter from the FRFF staff attorney arrived on Aug. 6, which warned of legal action. All this is doing is making a payday for lawyers.
School officials are standing firm, claiming the songs the kids are being taught are simply educational:
“None of the songs was taught, or used, as prayer. Thus, the case you cite dealing with school prayer is an inapposite…[the songs] were used appropriately to teach musical concepts,” Kathryn McCary, the school district’s attorney, said in letter mailed to the foundation. Fox News
Gaylor dismissed the argument, saying the songs don’t have to be part of a prayer to violate the separation of church and state clause of the First Amendment.
“It doesn’t matter that the devotional wasn’t toward a specific religion. We’ve already been through this with another case that features prayer songs,” she said.
Some religious organizations disagree. “This would never stand a chance with the Supreme Court. They [FFRF] wants to censor the expressions of Christianity — and they only go after the Christians, not the Jews or the Muslims. Now they’re going after little children over an innocent song,” Bill Donohue, president of Catholic League, told FoxNews.com. “I applaud the school district — they’ve made a very cogent argument. If this goes to court, we need to teach them (FFRF) a lesson.”
I say let the parents take it to court, but instead make them pay all attorney’s fees and court costs.
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