Butler County Times Gazette
  • Letter to the Editor: Parent bothered by song being dropped

  • Song with 'Jesus' in title dropped from school music program.
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  • To the Gazette:
    Do you know your rights? I thought I did, but something happened the other day to make me think otherwise.
    My daughter is in fourth grade. They are going to have a little music concert and 10 songs were chosen to be performed. The kids had been practicing really hard to learn the songs. The other day at school they were told that they would not be able to sing one of the songs they had been practicing. It happened to be the only song with the name of Jesus in it. I have to tell you that I was disturbed by this. I know for a fact that a lot of the kids were excited about that song, ("Jesus Take the Wheel," by Carrie Underwood), which by the way was a number one on the secular music charts.
    I contacted the music teacher and the principal by email. The teacher called me and explained that she had no choice because there had been a "few" complaints about the song. I understood her situation, she has to do what they tell her to do. The principal said that they had discussed the situation with the offended parents and had decided to remove the song because they wanted all parents to be happy with the concert. I don't blame the principal, either, he has to do what he's told, also.
    So, who do I blame? For the offended families to NOT be offended, the majority of the families have to surrender their rights. I ask you why is it okay to offend us and not them? Why can't there be a compromise? I would never push my beliefs on someone else, so why is it supposed to be okay to push theirs on the rest of us?
    No one is making their child sing the song. It's their choice to sing or not. I just don't understand why their beliefs and rights are more important than the rest of the class.
    There are situations that my family do not participate in because of our beliefs. We would never expect the school to remove the situation, we just remove our child because we are the minority, not the majority.
    In this situation we are part of the majority, yet, here we are. Where is the fairness in this? What about the rest of us, do we not have a say?
    I guess, we have a say - it just doesn't matter.
    Christi Johnson
    Augusta

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