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.