David Matthau nj1015.com The Bordentown Regional School District has announced that “religious” Christmas songs will be banned from upcoming elementary school winter concerts, a decision criticized by one Christian advocacy group as “political correctness run amok.” Superintendent Constance J. Bauer, posted the Oct. 18 announcement on the district’s website, stating that after “some musical selections for the elementary winter concerts were questioned,” an attorney for the district advised “that religious music should not be part of the elementary program(s).” Bauer’s statement says the advisory was based on litigation involving another school district. However, Matt Sharpe, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said such a ban runs counter to recent case law. “There’s been several court cases that have looked at this issue and time and time again they said that schools can permissibly include traditional religious Christmas carols as part of an overall secular educational program,” Sharpe said. “They don’t have to do this outright ban of all religious music, they can continue to include it in their programs, just like they have always done – this is constitutional and they have nothing to fear.” Sharpe said, “these are songs that have been sung for generations, they’re lasting because of their beauty, because of the impact they’ve had on western culture throughout the years.” to read more click here: nj1015.com
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