A group of five, six and seven-year old children will be able to sing ‘Silent Night’ in their Christmas program after Alabama school officials decided to ignore a complaint filed by a group that called the song “unconstitutional.”Barry Lynn is as much a Christian minister as I am a John Deere tractor. If he showed up at the Pearly Gates St. Peter wouldn't recognize him.
The news came as a relief to students and teachers at G.W. Trenholm Primary School in Tuscumbia, AL after they found themselves thrust into the war on Christmas.
“We’ve always sung ‘Silent Night’ and we’ve never had a problem,” Principal Janice Jackson told Fox News & Commentary. “We were just surprised, very surprised.”
Jackson said she received a letter from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State asking them to drop the song from their annual Christmas pageant.
“As a Christian minister, I love the hymn ‘Silent Night, Holy Night,’ but it’s not appropriate in this circumstance,” said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United in a statement to Fox News & Commentary. “This play takes place at a public elementary school and involves very young children.”
Lynn noted that the song “celebrates the birth of Christ as the savior, and not all families believe that.”
When my kids were doing elementary school Christmas programs I had to listen to Hanukkah songs and that stupid Kwanzaa song, not to mention lots of secular Christmas music, but at no time did I consider asking the school not to use music that represented a belief other than my own. Mr. "Christian Minister" Lynn would be well advised to dust off his Bible and see if there's anything in there on tolerance.
Americans United is promoting their own religion and they want to make sure you believe in it. It's the religion of nothing.