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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Reflections on the Establishment Clause

At the Huffington Post, John Whitehead recently wrote of a case in which a school superintendent forbade student musicians from performing an instrumental version of "Ave Maria" at graduation, lest anyone take offense.
In an attempt to avoid offending anyone, America's public schools have increasingly adopted a zero tolerance attitude towards religious expression. The courts have not helped, allowing schools the discretion to let an offended minority control a cowed majority. Such politically correct thinking has resulted in a host of inane actions, from the Easter Bunny being renamed "Peter Rabbit" to Christmas Concerts being dubbed "Winter" Concerts and some schools even outlaw the colors red and green, saying they're Christmas colors. And now, simply because someone is offended by the title, students cannot play music that has no words and is performed with no religious intent.