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Religious music in public schools: Patriot-News editorial

The following editorial is appeared Friday, 11 February 2000, in the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Patriot-News and is posted on ChoralNet by permission of the editor. Please note that this article is copyrighted and should not be republished without permission.


MUSIC FOR ALL
School ban on religious-based tunes defies history and common sense

School administrators and their elected directors have a tough job.
It is their responsibility to see that the schools operate effectively,
efficiently, economically and in a manner consistent with common sense.

It is that last part that bothers us about the "problem" raised by a
recent Camp Hill school chorus presentation and how school officials
went about addressing it.

Was it really good common sense to throw the wet blanket of cultural
caution on the joyful noise of the district