SC school lifts ban on religious Christmas carols
Alliance Defending Freedom letter informed school officials that First Amendment protects religious songs
Monday, November 25, 2013
York Preparatory Academy’s band director gave older students a choice of musical selections to perform at the school’s Dec. 19 “Winter Concert.” The students chose two songs that included the melodies from “Joy to the World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” After students had already begun practicing the music, the principal of the school excluded the songs and suggested that, in order for students to play traditional Christmas carols, they would need to play songs from other religions as well.
The Alliance Defending Freedom letter explained to the school that “every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including religious Christmas carols in school music programs fully complies with the First Amendment….”
“The Constitution clearly allows the inclusion of religious Christmas carols in school productions,” added Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “Now that the school has removed its unnecessary ban, the students at York Preparatory Academy will be allowed to proceed with the full range of music they’ve been working on so hard.”
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter last week to more than 13,000 school districts nationwide that explains the constitutionality of religious Christmas carols in school productions, provides legal resources on other issues that may arise regarding Christmas and public schools, and offers free assistance to schools that need help.
- School Lifts Ban on ‘Joy to the World’ (radio.foxnews.com)
- ADF to 13,000+ school districts: Christmas is constitutional (faithinspires.wordpress.com)
Posted on November 26, 2013, in Christmas and tagged Adeste Fideles, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Civil Liberties Union, Charter School, Christian, Christmas, Christmas Carols, Joy to the World, South Carolina, York Preparatory Academy. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.