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This is related in a way to this recent irrational screaming about needing more God (capital G, obviously must be Christian, though Jewish will be grudgingly tolerated). When the topic comes up of Christianity leaking into schools, there are often those who jump in with how it's just a song, or just a lecture, and you don't have to participate if you don't want, and it doesn't matter. I read this today. After reading it, does it still seem like a song or a story can't have a far reaching impact on a child?Answer Question
That said, I find it hard to believe that Christian songs are the only option available to choirs around the country. If the instructors were at all motivated to find more secular songs, or a greater representation of a variety of beliefs, I'm sure it could be done.
The elephant in the room is still the "majority rules" mindset, along with the other elephant which is the expectation that we stick with tradition, and promote the religion that has dominated the culture for so long. Those few kids who aren't Christian shouldn't matter, because they're in the minority, and we know how this country feels about minorities . . .
Answer by jsbenkert at 10:46 AM on Dec. 16, 2012