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Karen Knapstein
Date
November 4, 2013

Holiday Hits

 

It’s November, and for many people the holiday season is starting to gear up. Parties are being booked, meals are being planned and holiday pageants are starting rehearsals.

But in one Wisconsin school district, a proposal to ban religious music from school concerts might be changing what’s on the program. Because the concert is as school-sponsored event, the district is concerned that it couldn’t violate the U.S. Constitution’s separation of church and state by promoting one religion.

While some members of choir feel that removing traditional Christian songs from the program is “like removing Shakespeare from a literature class,” others disagree. Rabbi Dan Danson says their increasingly diverse community should be represented by more than just one religion during the holidays — ensuring that all students feel like a part of the programs at school.

But what do you think? Vote in the poll and tell us, then leave a comment explaining why. Be sure to include your first name only, age and state if you’d like your comment to be used on the show. 

 

181 comments on “Holiday Hits

  1. Funky funk

    I have a great next big thing a shirt that can cool you down in the summer after agame and warm in the winter.I’m 11 and goes to Casey middle in my.Vernon ,illinous .

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    1. Austin Davis

      I think there should not be any religious song during school because there very many different relegins and some songs can make people unconftable.

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      1. Luke Baker

        I think that religious songs should be allowed at school because some people find their joy in religious music so you could be taking away people’s joy by taking religious songs out of school.

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    2. Michael Pugh

      Hey, I’m from south middle school and I think that we should not have religious songs because not everyone has a religion of that certain song. Why should they make us sing religious songs? Just because the teachers are religious does not mean we are. – Michael Pugh From south middle school.

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    3. Chinquapin Middle School

      I agree that religion should be able to be used in music within schools. Music has always been a way of expressing a person so why would religion being used be any different than someone singing rap, country, and rock.

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    4. Mia Castaneda

      I think the religon songs should be allowed because the students could sing at least most of them so most people
      don`t sue or feel uncomftorable. Why not sing the songs?

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    5. josiephina

      I think religious shouldn’t be cut they should just add some other ideas for the students to get know different kind of religious. Everybody should think of new ones and see if it would work.

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    6. Paige-Miller

      I think that we should be able to sing religious songs in school because music can express peoples religions. Also, it might not be fair to some people to take that away from them. It’s their religion, they can listen to whatever songs they want! I’m Paige Miller and I go to Westview Middle School in Goose, Creek SC. GO WARRIORS!!!!! :) :D

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    7. Michael Choi

      A lot of songs have a lot of religous things or sayings in them, if we can’t sing them, whats the point of having choir. Religous music shouldn’t be banned from schools.

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    8. Valleywood Middle School kentwood MI

      I think that this school or other schools should baned religious songs. Why I think this well, i think it does not matter at all because there good songs. I under stand why they would put out religious songs, it’s because people will be unconftable and some will not. Another reason is that some people have different religions and I get that.

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  2. ayal korczak

    We are students at Smadar middle school in Israel and we think that it is wrong for students to sing religious songs in schools. In Israel different religions go to different schools so here all Jews go to the same school and all arabs go to the same school. We think that if our schools were mixed by religion like in America that it would not be fair to sing religious songs that might offend some students.

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    1. Annmari Milbrandt

      I think because America is a country of freedoms we should be aloud to sing all different kinds of songs wether they mention religion or not. Just as we read different books with different beliefs. Just singing a song does not mean you are promoting a religion. We tend to be open to lots of new ideas why do some keep saying that there should be a separation of church and state? What are they really afraid of ?

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  3. Sabrinah Nichols

    Yes,religious songs should be in school. The kids that don’t go to church will never find god. With the songs in school it might bring them to god.

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    1. Nicole Torres -HCHS

      As a fellow Christian, that is a great perspective to look through. But, singing a religious song in school isn’t meant to influence other peoples beliefs. Religion is simply the historical context.

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  4. Carlos Alexander

    Religion leads to the downfall to all great things, and having religious activities in school that are school funded violates what the lemon tests are there to prevent. Religion in schools are unconstitutional and illegal.

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  5. Gabrielle Clay

    Yes religious songs should be aloud in schools. So what if they don’t believe in God then that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t allow religious songs. They could always join band or other things in their school. Don’t just band religious stuff because of other peoples opinion.

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  6. Mac F.

    While religious freedom is an important thing, I believe that there should be a equal separation between hutch and state. Not everyone follows a single religion.

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  7. kandace

    i think that people should be able to express their selves in school in every way possibell weather its Singing, Dancing orreading the bible

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  8. MR. Troll

    I think that students and kids can make up their own mind, they are old enough and the adults should not me coursing them into not listening to their own religious music.

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  9. Hannah Hoshock

    It is a school event, but kids signed up to express their belief of God through music and they signed up to sing those songs. If they didn’t want to sing those kinds of songs they shouldn’t have signed up.

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  10. dominic

    I think that students and kids can make up their own mind, they are old enough and the adults should not me coursing them into not listening to their own religious music

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  11. Logan Kendall

    When you sing religious songs in schools, it’s just a song. There are no religious motives, thanks to separation of church and state. When people sing any religious song, it’s not like they are handing out Bibles, Qurans, or Torahs into the audience and giving them a sermon, telling them to convert. Religious songs that are sung in schools are sung simply for the enjoyment of the audience. Without religious songs, there would be little to know Christmas carols. Religious songs shouldn’t be censored from being performed in front of an audience.

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  12. Emily White

    I think that they should allow religious music at schools, I think they should have the right to sing what they want. But I also think they need to have different kind of religions to.

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  13. Courtney Poteat

    If they believe in God and want to sing religious songs they should let them I think that is dumb that they said they could not.

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  14. Haley Wilson

    Thats stupid if thats what they believe then they should be able to listen to it. They shouldn’t be able to do that. They should have the right to listen to what they want. There aint no body thats going to tell me what im going to listen to

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  15. Ms. E

    Instead of banning all religious music, maybe the school board system should look at incorporating different holiday celebrations from other cultures. Or perhaps looking at the concert from a cultural perspective instead of a religious one might be a solution to the issue.

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  16. Julia Mensch

    I think it is ridiculous to ever go beyond the boundaries of religion. It should be a choice wether you would want to sing religious music. Its not like someones stopping you or forcing you to sing or go to the chorus practice. I think everyone should believe in something.

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  17. annie conner

    I think that the holiday hits should not be banded from schools all over the United States because if we do then we shouldnt have music because if someone from Spian is signing in the United States in spainish then its just messed up

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  18. Rita

    I think that it is okay to have religious music as long as its split up into different religions and it is taught to the kids that everyone’s equal.

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  19. Logan Grace

    I think it should be allowed in schools, because some kids may be going through a hard time and need to learn about God no matter what.

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  20. Jesse

    Yes because you are not forced to watch or participate in the production. If you think it’s against your religion then don’t do it.

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  21. Sydney Young

    Students should be allowed to make their own choices. We should have to right to hear/ believe what we want. I would respect the other religious songs, like id hope they would respect mine.

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  22. ash-ugly

    I think religious songs should be aloud because it could help with kids in hard times to help them learn and it can put them in a good mood and it is a very good thing to start doing and maybe it can help students to learn in a good mood.

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  23. Branson S.

    I think that they should allow religious songs because everyone believes in different things. Also if people can sing christmas songs, then make the concert longer and add Hanukkah music so people feel more comfortable.

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  24. Derrick

    This country was founded by people escaping religious persecution in England. It’s written in the 1st amendment that we all have freedom of religion. Public school districts shouldn’t have the power to tel their student what songs they can or cannot sing. Everyone don’t have to follow same religion, so if they don’t like the religious music they can leave the room till the song(s) are over.

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  25. Denton W.

    Religious songs are a part of our heritage. Many historic songs are Christian, due to the heavy influence of the Catholic Church. To not include them is to remove a chunk of historical music.

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  26. Austin Hopkins

    Religious songs are a part of the music curriculum. Schools shouldn’t take away what the community has become accustomed to. It isnt fair to those of the religion who like the songs to take them out because they arent culturally diverse.

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  27. Greg

    If you limit religious music at Christmas in schools you eliminate many good songs. And the kids need a wide variety of musical experiences that can be given through school. Also Christmas music covers a wide range of religions and cultures. If you limit religious Christmas music then you would have to leave out Feliz Navidad which is a pop song that is a Latin song.

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  28. Zebulon Rempel

    I think the music field originates around religion, not just Christian, but many others. The students should be able to vote for the choice of music, and, if the outcome happens to be so, they should be able to perform without trouble.

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  29. David-Kirk

    I’m in the Madrigal chior at my school, we sing old music and I mean OLD! 80% of the songs would be considered religious, and if you’re going to have a christmas concert how can you even have one without a song mentioning Jesus or something refering to religious views, whether society likes it or not Jesus was a historical person proved to exsist, I’m not trying to start any arguments but Christmas has his name in it for crying out loud! (Christ-mas) Next thing you know, they’ll be banning Christmas! And the argument they made about other religions not being “celebrated” when was the last time a public school had a Hanukka concert? Anyway my point remains, they SHOULDN’T ban this music if somone gets uncomfortable because of it, then why can’t I argue I’d be uncomfortable if it was banned?! That’s my view of it all, sorry for making it so long.

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  30. St. Mary's

    Yes, it is their freedom of reliogion. Religious music is a big part of music and it’s important as a tool to use.

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  31. St. Mary's School, Natchitoches, Louisiana

    Relegion should not be banned. Relegion is a part of everybody’s life. Without God, there would be nothing.

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  32. Jay Friedel

    Religion music is an important part in the school curriculum. Their school should be allowed to sing what they believe. They can’t take away there freedom of speech.

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  33. St. Mary's Cathlioc School

    Yes, we think religious songs should be allowed in schools. We live in a nation under God and we should be able to sing songs of the students choice. If the students are okay with singing the songs, let them sing. If not they can sit out for those performances and sing the songs without religious lyrics.

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  34. Joe

    People often misinterpret the phrase, “Separation of Church and State”. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”. This does not mean that the government can ban religion from any activity or building. It means exactly the opposite.

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  35. Addie G

    I think that religious songs should be allowed in schools. However, I feel that they should be allowed mostly during the Holiday season. If you take out religious music, holiday favorites will be cut out of concerts. I feel that there should be a balance of songs that include religion and that don’t include religion. There should also be songs of multiple religions.

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  36. Ken Aydlott

    Christmas without Christ is just 25 Dec. If you call it a “winter concert,” then you can/should omit all religious music.

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  37. Garrett Chapman

    I don’t think religious songs should be allowed from any religion. The separation of church and state is key for young people finding out who they want to be.

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  38. James

    I believe that that these people who are trying to slowly get rid of religious music are overly sensitive. There are some things in life that some people won’t like, but they just have to get through them.

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  39. Nicole Torres -HCHS

    From a choir students perspective, taking away songs with religious context is like ripping out half of a history text book. Songs from other religions are also included in Holiday shows as well, such as: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc.

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  40. Katelynn, Jessica, Ashley, and Carylie (Sidney High School)

    It’s all about choice here! We have the freedom to choose! Who are we to judge Jesus!?!?! He never judged any of us!!! Read your Bibles!!!

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  41. Andrew

    I think it should be allowed, because religion makes up so much of music that it would not even feel like the holidays if they banned it.

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    1. Tori Weltha

      I think that they should not ban Christmas songs from schools. If the students don’t feel comfortable doing them, they don’t have to participate. We should be able to have fun and have Christmas songs in Christmas plays and things.

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  42. Olivia weltha

    I think you should let them have religious song because if the goal is to let people feel comfturble singing more and more people are getting involved with religion and it is not fair to the religious people to not sing those songs. If you don’t like singing that type of music just drop out or protest but I think YES!!!!

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  43. Jimmie Brooks

    I think that you should be allowed to sing religious songs during the holidays. Just think about it during Christmas just about every song is religious. Taking that away ruins the whole holiday. I think that idea is HORIBBLE.

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  44. Harly kent

    I say yes they should br able to sing religion soungs because if some people don’t belive in Jesus does not mean that they should band religion soungs I think they should just let them just keep singing if they wunt.

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  45. Leia Ivy Elkins

    I think that religious songs should be allowed in schools, but they should not force people who do not want to to sing them. There are plenty of songs that are other religions, like The Dreidle Song, and stuff like that!

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  46. Zach Juhl

    Yes, because if you grow up believing one religion, maybe some people want to grow up believing one religion and maybe it can make kids believe in there dreams or get there dream job that they wanted as a kid.

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  47. Gavin L.

    I think that religious songs should be allowed because it isn’t the schools job to ban religious freedom in school it isn’t really anyone’s job at all.

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  48. Brooke K

    Religious music should be allowed in school because most of the songs that we sing are from the 17 and 1800s and they wrote most of the songs back in that time for the churches. An christmas without christ is just another day!

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  49. austinadams

    i think it shoud be aloud. becaus im geting tired of all these librals biting down on christian beliefs(oboma)

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  50. Rhiannon

    I think it should be allowed as long as it isn’t music that is promoting one religion over another too much that it would cause a big problem.

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  51. RONNY_LOVE

    #spread_ the_ love
    I say no because, if they did allow it then people would want to play every type of religious song.

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  52. McKenzie C.

    I don’t think religious music should be allowed only because it could really offend some people. Even if it’s the smallest song, someone could listen to it and think that they are trying to promote that religion. For example, if the group were to sing “Holy Night” to someone who is not religious, it could be considered, to them, as promoting a religion. Or ” The Little Drummer Boy”. It could deeply offend someone.

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  53. RONNY_LOVE

    #keep the peace
    I say no because, if you play one type of religious music everyone will want you to play their type of music.

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  54. Iman Khan

    I think that you shouldn’t include religious songs because some of the kids that are singing might not be in the same religious group as the song they are singing so they might not feel like there doing the right thing.

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  55. Alex Seo

    I think they shouldn’t because there could be a person that isn’t religious and they might not want to sing the song. It’s like forcing someone to sing a song they don’t want to sing.

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  56. Deborah Elkins

    If religious songs are banned then all literature in English classes using profanity should be banned because it is offensive to some readers. I have sat through many school plays and required to read literature that used profanity and it was allowed because it is “a form of art”. Students are disciplined for profanity in many schools because it is against the rules but then required to read literature with such language. If you ban religious songs then many other areas of art need to banned also. It seems as if the non-religious have all the rights and freedom and the religious are being discriminated against. It is all contradictory….either ban it ALL or allow it ALL, but banning some beliefs and allowing others is not equality.

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  57. Brittany

    I believe religious music should stay! I’m religious but even without being religious its a part of our culture and should not be tampered with. I don’t like listening to that stupid screamo and rap music with its horrible cussing and down falling order, but you don’t see me complain and make fits about it. People (those complaining) really need to get over themselves and let everyone else be. We should be allowed to express ourself and our beliefs. Religion may not be able to be taught in schools, but it ought to be protected in schools.

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  58. Kory Wiseman

    I think that the religious songs should be outlawed in schools because it is in a way violating our rights, and combining church and state. This is no different than the court case from 1962 that dealt with school prayer, and should be dealt with the same way.

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    1. sullivan north

      i think that people should be allowed to play religious songs but i also think they should play various types of religious music expressing all of the religious belifs

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      1. Kory Wiseman

        It’s perfectly fine that they play their music. However, if it is a community event, shouldn’t the community decide?

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        1. Heather B.

          If it’s a community concert, then you have the decision to attend it. It’s not required by the school system if you are a student there. Therefore, they’re not forcing religion onto anyone. By the way, how can the community decide the music and those involved prepare it properly? As a musician and an actor, it is impossible to perform a concert well without months of preparation. It would end up like our federal government: They would vote on things that people did not agree with anyway, and we’d be back at the beginning.

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  59. NorthMiddle

    A more logical approach to this problem would be to take a vote or poll. If the music is offensive to your religion then simply don’t sing it. A main part in Christmas is Christ.

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  60. abria weathersby

    I think that we should use religious music all the time because when some people are hurt ,and feeling bad they can get back happy.

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  61. Danielle

    Because some students use religion music to calm their nerves and to meditate when they are feeling down and especially in school cause u be around a lot of students and u loose your patients..:)

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  62. sullivan north

    i belive we should be able to express our religin if we want if but i also belive we should also express other religions so no one is affended how will we sing christmas songs the base word of christmas is christ so yeah i am really upset with this disison if u dont want to sing somthing tell someone and they can help you . you should deffend your religion and preach the word of god or that is atleast that is what i think of telling the word of god to other people how do you think other people feel not being able to express their religion do you want your kids not beliving that they cant tell what they know so think about that thank you

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  63. Lauren-McCarthy

    The point of the holiday season is to celebrate your religon. If you cant listen to the songs youy want whats the point?

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  64. Dacquan McCluney

    I think that religious music should be in schools because sooner or later in Corus or something musical will be have to be sung.

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  65. Gracie Stanley

    I believe that we should be able to listen and sing whatever music we want. If the chorus wants to sing Christmas songs, let them sing Christmas songs. It isn’t hurting anyone. If there is another religion that goes there, let them sing the songs that they want. It doesn’t just have to be about Christianity, It could also be Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, it could be about any religion also. If they want to sing, let them sing. If somebody has a problem with it, they don’t have to participate. You can’t just tell a group of kids that they cant sing about Jesus. Really.

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  66. Ruby E.

    I think that religious songs should be allowed in school choirs. Choir is about community coming together with song, it shouldn’t matter that some songs have to do with other religions. Communities have so many different people with different religions that it shouldn’t matter. Some people probably appreciate the different section of songs.

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  67. Rahul Jakati

    I think that there should be religious songs in that school, because it helps the pupils learn about different beliefs and cultures, but if one of the children thought that one of the songs were offending their religion the school could start a program that teaches songs that have no religious preference.

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  68. malaika freeman

    i think that students should be abel to sing religious music, i also think that if they are going to sing stuff like that in like music classes or chorus classes they should sing various types of religious music.

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  69. Ms. Pawlikowski's 5th and 6th Hour Class, Sterling Middle School

    I don’t think you should be able to do that because some people don’t believe in a higher power and there are some people who would get offended by that. Not everyone has the same religion and it could be that they are feeling pressured to check out that religion. Why would you switch schools over something so simple as a religious song?

    Then again, they’ve been singing stuff like “The First Noel” for generations and why would we change it now? If they didn’t like it, they can get out of the choir. They can find another class.

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  70. Elizabeth Wysocki

    “Religion in America, takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions …. I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion — for who can search the human heart? — but I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or to a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.”
    Alexis de Tocqueville

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  71. Mrs. Tonda McAlister"s 7th grade Class

    We took a vote and 100 people out of 103 voted YES we should keep Christian Music in the program. We feel like it is a choice and students can choose to be in the choir or not. Christian music is a part of Christmas and some people only listen to Christian music so we believe it should be a mixture or variety of music.

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  72. Carlos

    I don’t think that religious music should be allowed in school, but if it’s Christmas Day? That’s a different story. Then, it should be allowed.

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  73. Mary Katharine Jolly

    Religious songs are a major part of music. Taking away religous songs takes away a big part of the music program and what the commuinity has become accustomed to. Students should be able to express themselves through what they love. If some students love to sing, they should be able to express themselves through music of their choice. Singing religious songs is not harming anyone, therfore the school has no reaseon to take away part of their music program.

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  74. Alie M

    I personally think that religious songs should be allowed in schools, because the songs aren’t telling you to change your religion. They are just having students expand their choral knowledge. Think about it though the pledge of allegiance says, “And to the republic for which it stands, one nation under GOD individual with liberty and justice for all.” Many schools say this every day and that pledge states a religious view and schools haven’t taken that out because it makes students feel uncomfortable. Also Christmas is a religious holiday if the don’t like religious songs they shouldn’t have a concert.

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  75. Abby Holmes

    I thing that schools should be able to play religious songs because it allows the students to express their believes, and it also lets people learn about the different songs and where the songs came from. But I don’t think people should be push people to have this belief.

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  76. Theresea Anne Erica Thomas

    YES! Religious music should be allowed because at our school it is a big part of our curriculum ,especially in religion class. It teaches us about moral values and about a major historical time.

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  77. Anna Grace, Jack Lucas

    Yes, we think religious songs should be allowed in schools. We live in nation full of religion and we should be able to sing songs of the students choice. If the students are okay with singing these types of songs, let them sing. If not, they can sit out for those performances and sing the songs without religious lyrics. If a teacher asks us if we wanted to listen to religious music, we would definitely say yes!

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  78. Makenzie and Michael

    We think that they should let religious songs be allowed at schools. God brought us into this world so why not praise him? There are so many problems in this world, but our main concern is why religion is being taken out of schools. You should not be offended by something that talks about God. He is the only reason we are here today.

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  79. Nicholas and Kayne

    I think that Religous music/Religious beliefs should be allowed in schools. They should just express it their own way.

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  80. Brittany Yates

    Religious songs should not be allowed in school. I completely believe in God, but I also believe that there are some who don’t. These songs could make them feel uncomfortable or feel like their religion is wrong.

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  81. Bailey White #God

    I think we should stay with the religious music because it is part of the Christmas holiday and because we are believers in God. We love the religious music and it should stay the way it is. #TURNDOWNFORWHAT

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  82. Lauren and Jacob

    We believe that religious songs should be allowed in schools. We think that God should be allowed in to students lives at school through song and other mehtods. Religious music should be allowed before and after Christmas and any other God related holiday. We go to a Catholic school and would like more schools to be allowed to have more God related activites and events. #GoforGOD

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  83. DB

    Those people are wrong and they need a reality check. There will always be religious things in the world and the need to learn that there voice may not always be heard, and that if you have a large problem with a place then you should leave. If the majority of the school dosen’t have a problem, then they should keep the music .

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  84. mary shaub

    This “no religious music rule” goes against the first amendment of the constitution that America stands for. Also, the worst impact that th his might have on people is that they will become Christians and is that REALLY that bad?

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  85. Sierra

    I think religion should be allowed in school, we can learn about evolution but we cannot say one word about God? Christmas is a religious holiday, so why can they not sing about it. If people do not like it they do not have to come.

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  86. Alex Washburn

    I think schools should allow religious songs because the whole reason we celebrate holidays like Christmas and Easter is to celebrate Jesus’s birthday and his resurrection.

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  87. Damon

    Yes religious songs should be aloud in school. The holidays people celebrate are religious holidays. Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ that’s why Christ is in the name. Easter is to remember when Christ rose from the dead. If the school is going to have these holidays as part of there school. Than there is no reason the kids can’t sing what they want to sing. Just cause it irritates a few people doesn’t mean it should stop the ones who do. This country was based on the freedom of religion. If u don’t want anything to do with religion than don’t celebrate it.

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    1. Alex Washburn

      I think schools should allow religious songs because the whole reason we celebrate holidays like Christmas and Easter is to celebrate Jesus’s birthday and his resurrection.

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  88. Triniti Kruszewski

    no they shouln’t becuase we all have different religions and they shouln’t have to sing song about a religion that they don’t belive.they should be able to sing songs about christmas or other holidays not a religion.They should have a say in what they sing not what their director or teacher says but yes their teacher should aprove it though.songs they sing shouldn’t be about religion.

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  89. hannah

    I think religious music should be allowed in school because it part of kids life. They already don’t like it when kids read there bible in school. And maybe if the like when kids read there bibles in school they would not end up in jail. So they can’t take all of the kids religious rights away.

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  90. Annie-Johnson

    I think it depends, if it’s a public school I think they should ban religious music because what about the people who aren’t Christian, you shouldn’t make them sing songs against their beliefs.

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  91. Tyler

    I think religious songs should be allowed because one of the main missions of a Christian is to proclaim the Gospel. Singing can really show off your talents and at the same time proclaim the Gospel.

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  92. Heather B.

    In my sixth grade year, I had a teacher tell me that the bible was wrong and gave reasons to the entire class. The next year, a teacher told us, and I quote, “We all know God can’t do anything.” These two statements go against what I have believed my entire life. If teachers are allowed say these things in a public school classroom, then banning Christmas songs simply because they’re about God doesn’t separate church and state: It separates Christianity and state. Also, no school rule says that other religious songs are banned. If the school would put in other religion’s songs in their performance, they are giving students multiple opportunities to hear different music from around the world, not trying to convert them to one specific religion. As others have posted above, choir is not a required class. If you have a problem with the music you’re singing, find another class! And might I add that “the separation of church and state” was brought about by a private letter and is not in our Constitution anywhere.

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  93. Cassidy Reed

    Yes, I think religious music should be allowed in schools. Even though there is a law that separates state and church, there is freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

    – Cassidy Reed

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  94. Grant Stoops

    I think that all types of music should be reqiured so that the students are inspired to more than one type of music. This tis because some kids just like rap or just like jazzand they dont like anything else. This will prevent that so they could find more than one type of music they like.

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  95. Alexis

    I think religious music should be allowed in school. If you don’t like a certain religious song, ask not to participate. Singing different types of music will help prepare you for the future. When you’re older, you will hear many varieties of music, so why not prepare now? Also, yes, there are many different religions. Its freedom of religion. We should be allowed to sing religious songs in school.
    Age 14
    PA

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  96. Shannon

    I’m in choir and in choir, we learn about and sing music from all cultures and religions. A lot of music is religious. Religious music should not be banned from schools especially because it would hinder the learning experience. Also, I’ve never heard of a student having a problem with singing religious music. It is simply just a part of learning different types and styles of music which is critical for a successful choir class.

    Age 16, SC

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  97. adriana villegas

    yes some kids who are religious should sing about what they beleive in and not sing songs that are not about what they beleive in

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  98. Shae

    I think that religious songs should be in schools because people should be able to spreed joy and what they really care about in a song. They should be able to give a special thing or memory or even a special thought to help them express themselves into a song.

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  99. Josh

    I think religious songs should be allowed in schools. It’s not like other people are being forced to believe what the songs are saying. They can just enjoy the music. Religious music is just someone expressing their own opinion, albeit musically. Isn’t this what “freedom of speech” is all about? And if others don’t like what they here, ignorance is always an option.

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  100. Amber Martin

    I think that they should be allowed to sing that is how they learn and educate themselves to open their surroundings better and help there goals

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  101. Amber Martin

    I believe they should let people sing religious songs it helps them meet new people or open their horizons and that is the way some people would act .
    Shady spring middle Mr.Bobbins 6th grade class

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  102. Amber Martin

    Yes and I believe that there should be separate songs and song groups with different religious groups so they don’t feel uncomfortable around the other songs

    Mr.bobbins class 6th

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  103. Nicole N.

    I think religious songs should stay. Yeah, not everyone is the same religion. So if those people don’t want to sing that song of a different religion then they don’t have to. Because they have the choice.

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  104. jas a bug

    kids sould be able to sing what every they want relligous wise GOD should be sung about ATLEAST to express how we fill about GOD

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  105. Addy Rieken

    I feel that it is fine for schools to sing religious songs because that is what holidays are about. We all celebrate Christmas because of Jesus’ birth so what is wrong with singing holiday
    songs about religion.

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  106. eric-brown

    They should be allowed because we have freedom of religion so we have the right to express our religion through song. Even though there are different religions out there no one makes you listen to it. So holiday hits should be allowed at school

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  107. Chandler

    Well to me no it shouldn’t be taken out of school, because the kids that want to participate in this elective then let those that want to..to do so. If it is taken out then they sure can’t kick that person out of school for singing it on their own time. Either way it goes religion is going to get into school someway.

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  108. Katy Warfield

    As a choir student of 7 years, I find this absolutely ridiculous. Mozart and Handel did not compose music in order to offend 21st century ears or push people into a certain belief. From the Medieval to the Romantic time periods, religion was a huge part of musical creativity. We should not shelter teens from these pieces because society is growing too sensitive.

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  109. Jamie

    You cannot CANNOT take away spiritual or religious music from school!
    Religious music is the most pure and beautiful music we have, and is the only persevered music from our past!
    If You took away religious music from schools it would be like taking Bella away from Edward, It just wouldn’t work!

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  110. Olivia-Marek

    I don’t think religious songs should be allowed in school. This isn’t a church that they are singing in, and also it’s not a private religious school, and separation of church and state.

    Marry, 13, KS.

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  111. Charles

    People shouldn’t ban religious songs from schools because it is near the holidays and it is a time to be religious people have the right to sing religious songs in school.

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  112. jaccob1-jaccobhenderson@gmail.com

    I think that religous songs should be allowed because people have rights to sing what they believe is right.

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    1. Hannah Perry

      I think that religious music should be alowed in school but you should not fource people that join a music club to sing it if they do not wont to.

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  113. Carson-Hobin

    I think that we should have religious music in school’s because people will be pumped up for there holiday spirit! :)

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  114. Amber Martin :)

    I believe that they shouldn’t ban schools I think they should make another program for kids in different religions so they won’t fell uncomfortable and everybody will be able to SING. By their own religions and not be *disrespecting* to their own religion everyone is happy

    Mr.Bobbins 6th grade class <3

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  115. Dawson

    Yes I truly believe that we should be able to sing religious songs at school, at my old school they would remove kids that would be offended by the song, plus kids love singing songs to express themselves and it truly builds good character for people in the community. -Dawson

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  116. Dawson

    Yes it should be allowed some people could get offended by it but, the kids that are singing deserve to sing about it, because it’s their passion to, they wanna build good character for themselves when they get older and even be a good role model. – Dawson

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  117. Lindy

    I am in choir and I think that it doesn’t matter if the song is religious or not. I think it is fine to have religious songs. Are school districts going to take away songs from other countries now or something like that, too?

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  118. Annika

    Religious songs should be allowed especially when it comes to this time of the year. It is very difficult, but not impossible to find traditional holiday songs without a religion being incorporated within it. Besides, every student has a choice. If a student was offended by a certain song being sung in their choir, they always have the option to not participate. However, if a student is not allowed to step out, than there is the problem.

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  119. Danny Emery

    What? Are people stupid? Christmas IS a religious holiday to begin with. Santa Clause is based on Saint Nicolas, it is Jesus’ birthday, and almost every Christmas carol has something to do with Jesus. I’m not religious but this is stupid. Another thing, it isn’t promoting religion, it’s not forcing you to convert to catholic, it’s just a song.

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  120. Brittany

    This is just so annoying. We should be able to sing what we want and express ourselves as we wish. So what if it offends them? Did you ever think, that it offends ME that they want to get rid of religious music? Because it does. Seriously people, get over yourselves! Deal with it! Not everything in life will go your way. And this, it’s stupid. Why do you want the religious music gone? Because why? You think Jesus isn’t real? The Cookie Monster isn’t real and there’s songs about that people don’t freak out about! What are you guys afraid of? If you don’t believe in Jesus then why so threatened?

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  121. Nick Morgan

    I think they should not be allowed because it’s public schools and their fore religion should not be discussed

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  122. Nick

    Not only should it not be allowed, IT ISN’T. Read the constitution people. Separation of church and state. A secular school cannot be secular if religion is introduced. Religion is a private matter for your home. It makes many people uncomfortable and goes against their own beliefs when religion is incorporated as if everyone agrees. Very wrong.

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