The Wake County Board of Eduction has banned school choirs from preforming at nativity celebrations, after a complaint was filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The foundation is claiming that it’s “unconstitutional” for school choirs to perform at nativity celebrations. Wake officials claim they decided to act after the foundation sent them a YouTube video of a Apex Christmas Nativity Celebration official saying their celebration “represents a wonderful opportunity for you to bear testimony of Christ to your friends.”
“The advice of Tharrington Smith (the district’s attorney) is that it put the district in the position of potentially endorsing a religious viewpoint,” Tim Simmons, a Wake schools spokesman, told the News & Observer on Tuesday.
Several Wake County school choirs were set to perform at last week’s Apex Christmas Nativity Celebration sponsored by the Church of Latter-day Saints in Apex.
Simmons claims this decision does not prevent other schools from performing at other nativity events, so long as those events aren’t an ‘unconstitutional endorsement of religion.’
This claim by Simmons and Wake County is completely dubious. Which nativity celebrations, exactly, aren’t centered around the birth of Christ? After all, He is the reason for the season.
It’s a ridiculous assertion that there would be nativity celebrations that DON’T, you know, feature Jesus. And the school board knows that, but continues to advance this false narrative to protect themselves from actually standing up and doing what’s right.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, who’s stated goal is “the separation of state and church,” took credit for the schools not participating at the Apex nativity event.
“It’s great that officials finally realized the dubiousness of school attendance at such an obviously religious ceremony,”the foundation’s co-president, Annie Laurie Gaylor, said. “It was unacceptable that public school choirs were performing at this function.”
The foundation apparently became involved in the matter when a parent complained about choirs participating in last year’s event in Apex.
Of course, it obviously never crossed this parent’s mind to simply hold her child out of the event if they were so opposed to it, rather than preventing others from taking part if they were inclined to do so.
“Public schools are a place for all students regardless of religious belief or non-belief,” Elliott said. “To have public schools involved in a Christian event celebrating the birth of Jesus is a problem.”
It’s laughable, at best, to claim schools taking part in Christmas events celebrating the birth of Jesus are some HUGE problem.
“They (school choirs) bring hundreds of parents and grandparents and friends who come and listen to them sing,” Steve Bodhaine, a church official, said in the YouTube video. “And when the singing is done, these wonderful people linger.
“They walk around and they see the hundreds of nativities from all over the world and they begin to feel something sacred in their hearts. This for us is the opportunity to share the wonder and love of the Savior.”
The foundation really helped Wake County dodge a bullet on this one. It would be TERRIBLE for people to be exposed to Jesus.
Ludicrous complaints like this are the very reason there is a war on Christians, despite what the mainstream media, and those who aren’t religious, may assert.
These attacks are only going to grow from here, as school boards continue to bow down, and people of faith sit on the sidelines.