1st grader banned from performing Chris Tomlin song in school talent show Show Notes

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Did you hear about the 1st grader who was banned from performing Chris Tomlin song in school talent show?

An 8 year-old from Idaho had planned to perform Chris Tomlin’s song “We Fall Down” at a talent show, using sign language.

The school's principal banned the song, because she said it was “too religious.”

The good news is that Lena Whitmore Elementary School reversed its decision after the Christian legal group Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter to the school and to district officials.

The ADF pointed out that banning the performance would be unconstitutional.

ADF attorney Matt Sharp says: "Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas. Removing the voice of faith from schools sends a message to all students that religion is something to be ashamed of.”

The district's superintendent, Dale Kleinert, said that the principal misinterpreted the district's policy. Kleinert was apparently unaware of the problem until he received a letter from the ADF

Mr. Kleinert says "As soon as we got the letter, I said, 'whoa this is not right,'" Kleinert said. He told Fox News that he immediately got in his car, drove to the school and told the principal to "get this fixed.”

By the way, if your child’s freedom of religious expression has been muzzled in a public school setting, you can contact the Alliance Defense Fund at 1-800-TELL-ADF. Or go to AllianceDefenseFund.org

For more advice on faith and family, just click on the Culture Connection link at WBCL.org. I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.

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