Religionists have found an additional avenue for driving religion into public schools. And that is to get the kids to promote religion themselves. They can then declare that the promotion of religion was voluntary on the kids’ part and is not adult proselytizing. Here’s an example of this tactic in practice:

This past school year, a second-grader decided to sing Awesome God. But during rehearsal, the teacher in charge, on hearing the title and lyrics, told the child that principal Joyce Brennan would have to approve that song. Brennan contacted the attorney for the school district.

Brennan then 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 essential — and to me, obvious — point that it was the child who chose the song, not the school.

Here’s the problem with this scenario as it’s being painted — that a second grader, of all people (what, 7 or 8 years old?) spontaneously decided that an appropriate song for a school assembly was a hymn, of all things? Really? Do you honestly expect me to believe that? That when it’s time to sing a song in front of a class, a hymn, of all things, leaps to the mind of a 7 or 8 year old?

Sorry but I’m not buying it.

What is much more likely is that said child was coached by some adult — parents, maybe, a pastor, or a religionist teacher — to do it. This way the adult(s) in question can claim not to be proselytizing, protest that it was the child’s wish, and of course it must be honored.

Yeah right. I wasn’t born yesterday; I’m not naïve enough to be conned by that story.

What surprises me is that the ACLU is stupid enough to buy into this. No one there can possibly be that gullible.

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