Tuesday, November 28, 2006

(pssssst! Don't Tell the ACLU...)


From now on I'm gonna top any Christmas related post with a graphic such as this. These are from the PeoplesCube.com one of the funniest "socialist" parody sites out there (like there's a bunch of them in the first place.) I love those guys.

Anyway...
One evening last week, just before Thanksgiving, my youngest was going about the house, singing to herself. Her lovely little girlvoice almost angelic as she sang: "Glorrrrrr-orrrrrr-rrrrrr-ia, in excelsis deo...."
She belted out that whole part of the carol we know as "Angels We Have Heard On High" several times, taking joy in that she could hold the notes and stay on key. And I complimented her on such. Then I asked if she was practicing for the Christmas program at church. I mean, c'mon, it was obvious, right? A song such as that HAD to be for church.
"Nope," she casually answered, "It's for school, that's our song for the Christmas concert."
"Really?!"
"Yep, I like it." she smiled and wandered off to the kitchen, singing the rest of the carol as she went.

Now at this point in the story I guess I'm supposed to say I was amazed and dumbfounded that the school would make such a controversial decision. But I can't.
Maybe just a bit amused and pleased would have better described my reaction.

See, where we live this isn't such a big deal. Even last Christmas when the Happy Holidays war was reaching a fever pitch, our school allowed the students to sing "Silent Night" at the concert and even had the lyrics printed on the programs so that everyone could join in. There was even (gasp!) a Christmas tree all lit up in the gym where the performance was held. And no one, NO ONE, filed a complaint with the school. There were no indignant folks storming out of the gym. No burning of the school principal in effigy. No hysterical calls to the ACLU. If anyone objected, they kept their opinions to themselves. But I really don't think anyone did object.

Last year, as in years past, the school struck a balance with the religious and secular of the Christmas season. Because for every "religious" carol there was also the usual "Jingle Bells", "Winter Wonderland" and "Up on the Rooftop".
And that's how it should be, I think.

The public schools should reflect the values of the community they are in. Just like if by some odd circumstances me and my kids were the only goyim in a Jewish neighborhood I wouldn't be the least bit outraged that they were learning Hannukah songs at school.
Rather, I would think it was kinda cool and wouldn't consider it "prozelytizing" in the least. Nor would I be offended.
Our county is a predominately Christian area-third notch on the Bible Belt, as I often say-so naturally, a few Christmas carols of a traditional religious nature will find their way into the school program.
Yet for some people that is the most scariest thing in the world.
That sucks and that's sad.

I'm just glad me and my younguns live where common sense still has a foothold.

3 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

"...for every "religious" carol there was also the usual "Jingle Bells", "Winter Wonderland" and "Up on the Rooftop".
And that's how it should be, I think."

Yep, that's the way it is in my neck of the woods - and it's always a merry Christmas for all.

11/28/2006 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm for celebrating most everything
except that made up one kwanzaa

11/29/2006 2:28 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Patrick,
I'm always surprized at how similar our little empires are even though they are so far apart. I think it's these little pockets of cultural time warps gives me hope that not all is lost.

11/29/2006 9:10 AM  

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