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Oct 12 2013

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MERRY CHRISTMAS: The Atheists are Already Playing Scrooge and It’s The Kids They Hurt Most of All

EDITORIAL: It’s amazing that in 2013, American’s have to fight for the right to carry or read their bible in public places or to sing songs that have represented Christmas as long as Christmas has been celebrated. Only 5% of Americans are atheists so why do THEY get to dictate how the other 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas or how, when and where Americans practice their religious traditions.

Muslims are allowed to practice their religions in schools and during work. Jews wear their scull caps during religion holidays in all the world’s public places. There’s many signs of people practicing their religions in everyday life while in public arenas. Are we willing to force everyone to hide their faith and practice their religious ceremonies in private, behind closed doors? No. It’s time to stop the persecution of Christians for wanting to put their touch on the American way the same as these Americans gave to those who came here so they, too could practice religious freedom.

Religious freedom is about each us being able to practice our faith around each other in mutual acceptance of each others faiths. Where is that acceptance for Christianity in America? Christianity is the founding religion of America whether atheists want to admit it or not and it’s time they stop trying to bury that fact. Deal with it!

Barricuda Brigade – Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wausau WI. School District ~> Christmas Concerts Cancelled ~> 2 Much “Jesus Stuff” ~> Full Report

 

When the Savior of mankind is turned into the great evil of humanity, make no mistake; the end is near.

We’ve included a favorite Christmas video with this post. Starting Thanksgiving day and running through Christmas day, Barracuda Brigade will post a daily “Do You Hear What I Hear” video of various favorite Christmas carols; look for them.

The Wausau, Wis. School District says it’s okay to jingle bells and don gay apparel but lay off the Baby Jesus stuff – and that has parents and students ready to deck somebody’s halls.

The community became enraged after the elementary schools canceled their upcoming Christmas concerts and the school district issued guidelines that curtailed the number of sacred holiday songs the high school choir could perform.

Phil Buch, the director of the Wausau West High School choir programs since 1981, told the Wausau Daily Herald that he was given three choices after meeting with school officials about the upcoming yuletide season.

He was told the choirs could perform one sacred song for every five secular songs performed; eliminate all Christmas music or postpone December concerts.

He was also reportedly told that the district had to approve every musical selection. Instead, Buch announced that he was temporarily disbanding the school’s elite choir.

School Board member Pat McKee told me it’s nothing short of a war on Christmas.

“When you look at it on the surface, it’s hard to argue against that train of thought,” he said.“People are justifiably making that correlation – that it’s a war on Christmas.”

McKee said he doesn’t blame parents, teachers and students for being upset.

“People should be angry,” he said. “People are very, very angry, very passionate and rightfully so.”

The Wausau School District said there’s a perfectly good explanation and they pointed out they are not banning all Christmas music.

“Rather district administration has taken steps to help ensure that religiously-themed music is incorporated into the curriculum and performances in a manner that satisfies legal and educational requirements,” read a statement from the district.

So what are the legal requirements for boys and girls singing “Silent Night”?

Well, according to the school district, the elite choir was given a choice to sing “seasonal and Christmas selections that do not involve the celebration of the religious holiday of Christmas.”

“This approach would allow for the continuation of a holiday theme,” the district stated.

The second option would involve changing the format of the winter performance to eliminate any reference to Christmas “so that the District could not be challenged as unconstitutionally promoting the religious celebration of Christmas through state-sponsored Christmas-caroling.”

However, the lawyers said it was possible to perform some sacred holiday tunes but only if there was some balance. Their idea of balance was to perform one sacred Christmas song for every four secular songs.

Choir director Buch told the newspaper the options were unacceptable.

“This group sings at Christmas programs,” he said. “We sing for nursing homes, grade schools, businesses. To do that without Christmas music doesn’t make sense.”

The district also defended the cancellation of all elementary school Christmas programs and said it had nothing to do with religion. They said teachers needed more class time to prepare the children for testing.

Parent Meg Ellefson said the school district’s decision seems to be anti-Christian.

“I don’t know what else to conclude that it is,” she told me. “It appears to be anti-Christian – unless they are fearful of offending a very small minority of people.”

She launched a Facebook page urging local residents to attend next Monday’s school board meeting. Like many other residents, she wants the Christmas music reinstated.

“I’m really disappointed and saddened,” she said. ‘I went to public school growing up and I learned all the Christian-themed carols in my public school. I sang them in my public school. If it’s not a problem last year, or ten years ago or 20 years ago, why is it a problem now?”

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