October 05, 2017
Past Super Bowl half-time shows have sparked considerable controversy for crossing the line of what should be a family-friendly event. A high school football half-time show is grabbing headlines in Alabama this week -- but this time, the complaints are coming from militant secularists upset over Christian instrumental music. Yes, you read that right. According to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, even performing instrumental music to hymns like "Amazing Grace," "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee," and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is enough to run afoul of the so-called "separation of religion and government."
Are these secularists really worried that those watching the marching band might know the words to the hymns and therefore be tempted to have a 'religious' thought -- or maybe even go so far as to sing the words out loud? No doubt the Freedom from Religion Foundation thinks such a scenario trumps all other half time show controversies -- and therefore must be stopped!
Thankfully, the school's principal told Fox News's Todd Starnes that the band will keep marching on. "We are going to keep the music as is," Principal Brent Shaw told Todd. "We have evaluated our props to see if we need to adjust those, but we are not changing the music." Thank you Mr. Shaw for not bowing to political correctness and allowing the band to keep marching. The principal's words do prompt one "religious" thought for me -- actually reminding me of an old hymn: Onward Christian Soldiers. The Freedom from Religion Foundation needn't worry. I'm only humming it to myself.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.