An atheist organization threatens a high school band Show Notes

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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A national atheist organization is demanding that a Massachusetts high school band stop playing "God Bless America" at school functions. 


The Freedom From Religion Foundation has told Wayland High School officials that playing "God Bless America" is an unconstitutional act.


The group’s attorney has threatened the school with legal action over the phrase in the song that says “As we raise our voices in solemn prayer." 


The good news is that school officials say they plan to ignore the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s letter threats.


Superintendent Dr. Paul Stein says: "There has to be a sense about whether schools are fostering the promotion or practice of religion, and I don't believe the band playing 'God Bless America' does that." 


Matt Staver, chairman of the Christian legal group Liberty Counsel, is pleased that school officials are taking a strong position on this issue. 


He says "The good news is that the administrators at this school also think this is over the top, beyond the line of reasonableness…to say that you cannot sing 'God Bless America' is just preposterous.”


By the way, if you’d like to learn more about your child’s legal rights when it comes to expressing their faith in a public school setting, let me recommend an excellent organization.  It’s called “Gateways for a Better Education.”  Their website is “”


I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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