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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