School defends Allelujah chorus

September 19, 2017 |

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a group of atheists that’s not only determined to wipe all references to religion from the public square, they also seem to be dead set on abusing the legal system to turn themselves into the most intolerant bullies in American schools today. We’ve long used the example of censoring religiously-inspired art as the most unthinkably extreme example of radical atheism, but when few people were looking, they crossed that line. The FFRF already bullied a New Mexico school into painting over a mural simply because it referenced a Bible quote. Now, they’re trying to force a Tennessee school to ban “The Hallelujah Chorus” from music class during the lesson on its composer, George Frideric Handel.

To their credit, the Tennessee school officials didn’t roll over. They defended teaching music students one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, despite the carping of a group of sourpuss atheists 600 miles away in Wisconsin. They sent back a pretty ironclad case for why it’s not religious proselytizing. The FFRF mouthpiece seemed taken aback at meeting resistance and admitted she didn’t know “if there actually is a legal issue at this time." They just thought they’d scare the schools with a patently idiotic demand, and for once, school administrators had the backbone to stand up to them.

To which I can only say: “Hallelujah!”


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  • Mary Kirkland

    09/21/2017 12:12 AM

    Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. Those who don't know the law will be bullied by those who pretend to. I was taught School Law at the University of Southern MS. I wonder sometimes if I am unique in that experience, as school admins often bow to pressure from sources that don't even have legal standing to complain. Good for you, Tennessee.

  • Nancy A. North-Gates

    09/20/2017 11:02 PM

    Schools have been allowed for decades here in California to do Christmas Music in High School because choral pieces are considered music literature and part of a musician's education. In my not so humble opinion, Handel's Messiah is the greatest piece of music ever written. :) Mozart loved it. I do admit that Beethoven's 9th is pretty amazing also. :)

  • Sharon Skinner

    09/20/2017 10:37 PM

    This music, and other pieces like it, are considered art. They should be taught and sung, and appreciated as such.