Atheists Tell School to Stop Playing Hallelujah Chorus

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By Todd Starnes/Twitter

A gaggle of disgruntled atheists are doing a whole lot of hollering about the Hallelujah Chorus in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s local chapter is angry after a teacher at Linden Elementary School played a portion of the “Hallelujah Chorus”  during morning announcements.

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“While this music may be beautiful and even inspirational for Christians, it is not acceptable for broadcasting to the entire student body at Linden Elementary,” Aleta Ledendecker wrote in a letter to the school district that was obtained by the Oak Ridger.

The aggrieved atheist group said they were acting on behalf of two parents who had children enrolled in the school.

“In consideration of all the possible choices of music, this piece with its distinctly religious content can be interpreted as proselytizing,” Ledendecker wrote.

For the record, there have not been any reports of children spontaneously converting to the Christian faith as a result of George Handel’s beautiful song.

“This is the litmus test I use: if I were a Christian parent walking in the school, and I heard over the PA system during morning announcements music with the words ‘Praise Allah. Allah is king on high. Bow down to Allah,’ how would I feel as a Christian parent with that being broadcast to all the children in the schools,” Ledendecker told the Oak Ridger.

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The school district told the Todd Starnes Show that a teacher had a good reason for playing a 20 second excerpt from Handel’s Messiah.

“The passage was selected to correspond with the school’s overall music curriculum that, for that particular week, featured the musical works of George Handel,” the school spokesperson told me.

Long story, short – Handel is not going anywhere.

“The school system strongly disagreed with her position and, through our school board’s attorney, we responded promptly to the writer suggesting that she was in error,” the spokesperson told me.

“The criticisms articulated by Ms. Ledendecker appear to have been based upon insufficient information taken entirely out of context, incorrect assumptions about the school’s music curriculum and a fundamental misunderstanding of the First Amendment’s relationship with historically sacred classical music compositions being taught in a public school music curriculum,” the spokesperson added.

Yeah, that response is probably going to jingle the atheists’ bells.

It’s about time a school district stood up to those godless bullies and politely told them to blow it out their piccolo.

As George Handel would say, Hallelujah!

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Jeannie.hudson@twc.com
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Thank you Todd for this uplifting article and thank you Linden Elementary School for standing up against the evils of this world. I have never understood why Freedom of Speech only applies to some groups. How 1 person out of 10 can disagree on something and just the fact that they disagree makes the organizations, schools, professional sports, tv stations , media, etc. cave. Shame, shame on you!! Hats off to Linden Elementary School!!!!!

Ben
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Ben

Wonder what the reaction would be if through promoting cultural diversity the school decided to play some favorites from the Islamic faith.

skpfoss@aol.com
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The best thing that could happen is to tell this liberal freak to shove it ,these idiot freaks have no business telling the school what music to play or unless her kid is being made to participate. I don’t her her complaining about Muslime crap being taught by force in schools

scott@scottnelsen.com
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Odd that her litmus test is actually happening in a lot of schools across America – it may not be played over a loudspeaker but students are being forced to learn the 5-pillars of islam and recite the shahada.