Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Religious songs in elementary school show... oh brother.

Looks like folks are up in arms about a young girl who wants to sing (likely at her parents behest) a religious song in a school show. The school officials thought the lyrics to "proselytizing" so they told her to pick another.

Of course, we need the courts to rule on this critical issue...

As folks who read my blog know, I think religion and absolute belief in god is hooey. But I certainly don't care if an 8 year old wants to sing a religious song after school in a talent show. I believe its her right to sing whatever song she wants.

The bigger issue, from me, is that this poor girl is likely to end up being taught (by her parents) that she better behave and belief a certain set of illogical things that contradict what we see in the natural world... because if she doesn't she's gonna piss off a grey bearded circuit-boy living in the clouds.

Anyway, those evil folks over at the ACLU seem to agree with me:
The case has attracted the attention of the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based religious rights group that is representing the girl and her parents in a lawsuit against the school district. In addition, the civil rights division of the Justice Department and the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are filing friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the girl's right to sing "Awesome God" at the talent show.
Some of my conservative friends who say the ACLU is at war with religious folks should take note: the ACLU is only "at war" with folks who want to trample on the Constitution.

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