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Maisie2013 66F
29739 posts
9/13/2017 7:48 am
TENNESSEE SCHOOL GETS IT RIGHT


Again, an attempt on the part of a teeny minority to impose their will on the rest of us.
Thank goodness someone in education has the guts to tell them to go pound sand. I don't normally paste an entire article, but Todd Starnes, who reports mostly on cultural issues, says it better than I can paraphrase:

A gaggle of disgruntled atheists are doing a whole lot of hollering about the Hallelujah Chorus in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s local chapter is angry after a teacher at Linden Elementary School played a portion of the “Hallelujah Chorus” during morning announcements.

“While this music may be beautiful and even inspirational for Christians, it is not acceptable for broadcasting to the entire student body at Linden Elementary,” Aleta Ledendecker wrote in a letter to the school district that was obtained by the Oak Ridger.

The aggrieved atheist group said they were acting on behalf of two parents who had children enrolled in the school.
“In consideration of all the possible choices of music, this piece with its distinctly religious content can be interpreted as proselytizing,” Ledendecker wrote.

For the record, there have not been any reports of children spontaneously converting to the Christian faith as a result of George Frideric Handel’s beautiful song.
“This is the litmus test I use: if I were a Christian parent walking in the school, and I heard over the PA system during morning announcements music with the words ‘Praise Allah. Allah is king on high. Bow down to Allah,’ how would I feel as a Christian parent with that being broadcast to all the children in the schools,” Ledendecker told the Oak Ridger.

The school district told “The Todd Starnes Show” that a teacher had a good reason for playing a 20 second excerpt from Handel’s Messiah.
“The passage was selected to correspond with the school’s overall music curriculum that, for that particular week, featured the musical works of George Handel,” the school spokesperson told me.
Long story, short – Handel is not going anywhere.
“The school system strongly disagreed with her position and, through our school board’s attorney, we responded promptly to the writer suggesting that she was in error,” the spokesperson told me.

“The criticisms articulated by Ms. Ledendecker appear to have been based upon insufficient information taken entirely out of context, incorrect assumptions about the school’s music curriculum and a fundamental misunderstanding of the First Amendment’s relationship with historically sacred classical music compositions being taught in a public school music curriculum,” the spokesperson added.

Yeah, that’s probably going to jingle the atheists’ bells.

It’s about time a school district stood up to those godless bullies and politely told them to blow it out their piccolo.
As George Handel would say, “Hallelujah!”


Maisie2013 66F
16082 posts
9/13/2017 7:52 am

So- you cant teach most Classical music I guess, according to the atheists. Much of it is religious , as the church commissioned Masses, Requiems, etc, which are some of the most famous and beautiful in musical history.
Pinheads.
I do like the line in the article- blow it out their piccolo.


Unsafe_Sax_54 63M
1140 posts
9/13/2017 8:12 am

I might also suggest shoving a French Horn up - sideways.

But I'm not one to waste a good instrument.


bob77O21__ 74M
7521 posts
9/13/2017 9:36 am

    Quoting Unsafe_Sax_54:
    I might also suggest shoving a French Horn up - sideways.

    But I'm not one to waste a good instrument.
A leaf rake would be more appropriate...


MrsJoe 70F
6464 posts
9/13/2017 10:02 am

For too many decades, people have rolled over and played dead to appease the radical minority who would attempt to rule all aspects of other people's lives.
It is refreshing to see someone fight back, with facts and intelligent arguments. Good for them.


For someone to insult me, I first have to value his/her opinion.


deborahsu2 77F
1822 posts
9/13/2017 12:34 pm

MrsJoe is right. It is great to hear that someone finally stood up to them.


Maisie2013 66F
16082 posts
9/13/2017 2:24 pm

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    For too many decades, people have rolled over and played dead to appease the radical minority who would attempt to rule all aspects of other people's lives.
    It is refreshing to see someone fight back, with facts and intelligent arguments. Good for them.
Good see there is still sense in the world. And in a Red State, where common sense rules.


Lisztomania 67M
8874 posts
9/13/2017 4:02 pm

Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" may have been inspired by Christian faith , but now it is the property of all people who have ears to hear. It is disgraceful that iconoclasts waving the flag of atheism oppose the hearing of such a profoundly affirming work of art.


DanDee1952 65M
17881 posts
9/13/2017 4:47 pm

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    For too many decades, people have rolled over and played dead to appease the radical minority who would attempt to rule all aspects of other people's lives.
    It is refreshing to see someone fight back, with facts and intelligent arguments. Good for them.
I agree. It's time we take our freedoms of religion back. As a kid in 6th grade we sang songs in a school music presentation. We sang The First Noel, O Christmas Tree, The Dreidel song, and White Christmas. There may have been another one or two. Point is, we sang secular songs about the season, a song about Hanukkah, and a couple of Christian songs. No one made a clamor over religion or non-religion. How did we get so far from the place we came from\?


Unsafe_Sax_54 63M
1140 posts
9/13/2017 5:24 pm

In the meantime, rapper XXX Tenacion lynches a young white boy in a video.

This is, of course, free speech.