Shen rejects atheist threat over two songs
District says tunes taught to kids in music class didn't break law despite warnings
A national atheist organization is threatening to sue the Shenendehowa school district over two songs taught to elementary school children that mention God in the lyrics.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has 18,500 members, has sent a series of threatening letters to Shenendehowa warning that legal action is imminent if the district does not exclude the songs from its music class. The district responded by claiming that none of the songs were used as a prayer and that no laws were broken.
The songs were "Thank You For the World So Sweet," which includes the line "Thank you God for everything" and "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," which includes the line, "I pray the Lord my soul to keep.""We can't drop it because the children are too young and the case is so clear," said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the foundation. "Why would (the district) want to indoctrinate young children, break the law and waste taxpayer money?"
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Since: Sep 10
#1 Aug 13, 2012
I'd bet that if a teacher introduced a large number of songs and *none* contained religious terminology (and the teacher avoided those which did), you'd hear the rightwingnuts acting like Soviet communists:
"Everything must celebrate the party! I mean, celebrate god!"
Then again, they already do.
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