Monday, June 19, 2006

ACLU Supports Christian Song?

Yes, strangely enough. Yet, credit where credit is due. This news is a bit old, but I have been traveling and haven't had a chance to blog on it yet.

ACLU backs student's right to sing Christian song
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal brief yesterday supporting a Frenchtown elementary school student's right to express her religion by singing a pop Christian song at a school talent show.

Maryann and Robert Turton sued the district last year after the school struck the act from its performance list. School officials said the Turtons' daughter, Olivia, then in second grade, could not sing the song "Awesome God" at the evening talent show because it was too religious for a school setting.
The School's idiotic position is;
School officials banned Olivia from singing the song, arguing its content was unsuitable for the school-run talent show held on a Friday night in May 2005. Concerned about crossing the line separating church from state, they said the performance might lead the audience to believe the school endorsed Olivia's religion.
In court documents filed last week, the school board said the song was not appropriate for several reasons, including "violent imagery," and cited lyrics that read, "There is thunder in his footsteps and lightning in his fists" and "It wasn't for no reason that He shed his blood."
In a reversal of the usual, the ACLU takes the reasonable position;
The ACLU argued in its motion filed yesterday that no reasonable person could conclude the school endorsed religion simply by allowing Olivia to sing her song. The ACLU cited other similar cases.
I seriously doubt that the ACLU will ever take the next reasonable step - let Christian students pray as freely as Muslim students are permitted to pray.

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