Putting the [Blank] Back In [Blank]mas 7
Steve Lonegan, who is running for the Republican nomination for New Jersey governor, is defying a school-district edict that bans religious music from holiday-season celebrations this year.
Mr. Lonegan has asked local residents of all religions to join him at 5 p.m. tomorrow "to sing and listen to" songs such as George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" and "Silent Night," which have been banned from schools, even in instrumental form, by the South Orange/Maplewood School District.
Residents will sing and hear Christmas, Hanukkah and other music outside Columbia High School, where students and parents will assemble later that night for the school's official holiday concert.
"The school district's decision to prohibit even instrumental versions of classic Christmas tunes shows that those who claim to speak for tolerance are, in fact, the most intolerant," Mr. Lonegan said.
"It's time people lighten up and enjoy the Christmas and Hanukkah season, instead of denying the religious foundation of our nation and the holiday season," said Mr. Lonegan, who is mayor of Bogota, a small town across the Hudson River from New York.
See if you can make sense out of the School Boards reasoning for prohibiting Christian music in the schools. If you can, you're better at secular-think than me:
[S]chool board President Brian O'Leary said the ban is intended "to balance the important roles that religion and music can and do play in our curriculum with a desire to avoid celebrating or appearing to celebrate a religious holiday."
I'd say the result of the ban is to put things seriously out of balance, not put them into balance. But I guess since I'm a person of faith, I shouldn't expect to understand the reasoning of the intellectually superior Secularists ....