Monday, August 28, 2006

The ACLU strikes back

Take this, Bill O'Reilly.

Every year, the Frenchtown Elementary School in New Jersey presents an after-school talent show, open to kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. The performers can choose to play an instrument, dance, create a skit or select a song. This past school year, a second-grader decided to sing Awesome God. Principal Joyce Brennan explained in a letter to the child's mother that the song was "inappropriate for a school-run event with a captive audience of, in many cases, quite young children because of its religious content."

In the Frenchtown Elementary School's case, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is supporting the child plaintiff. Attorney Jennifer Klear, who took the case on behalf of the ACLU, filed a brief to the court. In it, she made the es sential - and to me, obvious - point that it was the child who chose the song, not the school.

2 Comments:

At 10:38 AM, Blogger J. Morgan Caler said...

I doubt they would take the case if Bill O'Reilly chose the song.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger E.A.P said...

I love how Christians are going to rail against the ACLU until the day they die without ever remembering these sorts of cases. It's touching, really, just how short-lived their memories are.

 

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