Parents were irate and went into action. They packed the next school board meeting to complain. They called the policy anti-Christian and pointed out that court rulings are on their side. Federal courts have consistently ruled that school choirs may learn and sing religious songs, as long as students are not forced to sing or hear them.
The school board voted to cancel the superintendent’s decision and return to the old policy that allows school principals, rather than the superintendent, to have the final say on the choir’s songs. So, the Wausau choir is performing its original list of songs this week, including Silent Night and Joy to the World.
This superintendent’s behavior is not an unusual example of the ongoing war on Christmas. But it’s encouraging how quickly she was overturned and the Christmas battle was won by parents. Parents need to be ready to stand up for Christmas carols, and should know that the courts are on their side of this battle.
Listen to the radio commentary here: