26 August 2015

More Civil Disobedience in the South

Not everyone is going to bow to the education control freaks in academia and government.
“That means administrators, teachers and staff of the Rankin County School District may not participate in any religious activity, or solicit or encourage religious activities at school or while performing duties as a RCSD employee,” Reeves added.

So when the district learned that Brandon High School’s marching band was planning to play the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” during halftime at Friday night’s football season opener, it was decided that was too close to the judge’s ban and the performance was cancelled.

But that didn’t stop dozens of parents and students and fans from performing ‘How Great Thou Art” on their own:“It bothers me because you look at the schools and all of the school shootings and all the bad things that are happening, and wonder why,” parent Kimberly Moore told WLBT. “It’s because we’re allowing evil to step in.”

“I don’t fault our school district because I know they are trying to do what’s right as a community and for the school,” Moore added. “But … in another I’m like we gotta take a stand on behalf of Christ.”
Text source. So, will the Judge put all the fans in jail? Perhaps the Judge will order the hymnals burned.


jessie sanford said...

This and many other reasons is why I am proud to be a Mississipian.

Ralph Steel said...

So what you are saying is that not all of American History is American Exceptionalism...there is a dark side to our history too?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...
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Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Ralph. Where have you been? I've missed you. Of course there's a dark side. I'm surprised you weren't aware of that. I've discussed it a lot here.

Ralph Steel said...

Why would you discuss the dark side of American History...that does not conform to the American Exceptionalism that you love so much.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"that does not conform to the American Exceptionalism that you love so much."

Which indicates you have no understanding of AE. Allow me to quote Monica Crowley:

"American exceptionalism is grounded in the founding of the United States upon an idea, rather than upon the ambitions of men. Indeed, it was designed to be a nation of laws and specifically not of men, built on the concept of individual liberty and equal justice before the law, with freedoms ranging from speech to worship, and rights from gun ownership to assembly."

"The Founding Fathers institutionalized these freedoms so we would be safe from the overweening burdens and capricious claims of a too-powerful state. These freedoms would allow individuals to do as they pleased within the confines of the law and to achieve, in ways big and small, to the benefit of the country as a whole."

Crowley continues . . .

"Even in extremely difficult times, American exceptionalism survived. Faced with the darkest days of civil and foreign wars; economic depression and recessions; weak leadership at home or aggressive, hostile leadership from abroad; the American people kept faith in the uniqueness of our democratic experiment. Liberty provides opportunity, which is why in our 233 short years, we have produced (even with its flaws and flawed representatives) the greatest democracy in the world, the most productive engine of economic growth, the most influential culture and the most far-reaching effects of innovation."

I, and I believe many Americans, reject the premise that AE is inaccurate, or "romanticism" or that it has no place in the classroom or in public history. Nonetheless, this rejection of "the notion of American Exceptionalsim" is not uncommon among many academics on the left who seem to be obsessed with self-loathing when it comes to American history and America's place in the world.

michael simons said...

Good for the Fans.