This is not meant to be a religious stance. However, it is meant to be a stance on intelligence.
Ridiculous is what I call it. A young lady who attempted to take her case to the Supreme Court was not even allowed in the doors. Separation of Church and State, indeed. Has the “Pledge of Allegiance” been taken out of the school system yet, or just “Under God”? The case may be 4 years old but it is just as necessary as it was in 2006 when a high school wind ensemble wanted to perform an instrumental version of Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their graduation exercises. Kathryn Nurre and her ensemble chose the beautiful piece which had been performed VOCALLY at graduation exercises at Everett High School (Everett, WA) one year before!. However, school officials felt that the vocal-less arrangement would meet with criticism? Selections were to be “totally secular in nature.”
Let’s see… how many art classes study the works of the Renaissance? Better cut that out since the vast majority are religious in nature. Umm… we can’t sing “When the Saints Go Marching In” or strike us down if we play it instrumentally. I wonder if Everett High School’s Christmas Concert consists of “Jingle Bells” and “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” Sorry Mare, your “Hallelujah Chorus”… NO CAN DO! “Silent Night’ by candlelight… AXED! I wonder if the officials would be intelligent enough to recognize the original German version (OH, forgive. All selections must be in English). I imagine that their Drama Department will not be performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, or The Sound of Music (shameful) anytime soon.
I applaud Miss Nurre for her bravery in going before the high court to hear her case. I also say a big fat “BOO” to our government for not even considering to hear the case. Before long, schools will go back to the three rs so as not to cause any “criticism.” At least Justice Alito sided with the young woman.
Ok… rant over… thanks for listening.