Skip to comments.NJ School Reverses 'Silent Night' Ban
Posted on 12/14/2004 8:05:24 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
A New Jersey talk radio host has succeeded in forcing the Egg Harbor Township board of education to reverse its ban on the Christmas classic "Silent Night," which had been dropped from the school district's holiday program based a single parental complaint.
Last night's 7-0 vote by the panel means that "Silent Night" can now be included in this week's Holiday Singalong at the E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School, where the controversy first erupted.
The complaining parent, an attorney who has not been publicly identified, asked that the holiday carol be dropped from the program, even though songs about other religious holidays, such as "The Dreidel Song" and "Kwanzaa's Here," were included. The controversy erupted last Wednesday after WOND Atlantic City radio host Jeff Whitaker received a tip about the Christmas music ban.
"I had on the air the lawyer for the school district, Will Donio, who advised them to do away with 'Slient Night,'" Whitaker told NewsMax.
The Atlantic City talker said he was deluged with calls as the controversy percolated through the week, including requests for more information from local pastors.
As a result, "four of five pastors wrote to the local school board," Whitaker said, prompting district officials to rethink the ban.
After Egg Harbor educrats voted to reverse the ruling in a special session on Monday, Whitaker declared victory, posting a message to his web site crediting his audience with the success.
"The credit in this turn of events goes to the listeners of our radio show, the outrage and stand taken by many of Egg Harbor Township parents and the prayers of people all across the region," he said.
A victory! Yay!
Is that the Andy Williams version? That's the best.
It seems like there's a major counterattack this Christmas against the PC police. The key is to make the school officials more afraid of the parents than their local chapter of the ACLU.
We are winning little by little but we are winning
7 - 0 vote, very respectable.
What rhymes with "soldering iron"?
My favorite fake holiday song
Just keep moving the chains and before you know it you're in the end zone!
The squeaky wheel gets the grease, as they say.
This is why it is important not to just sit there and take it.
Nope, I think it's from the Charlie Brown version. You know, 'Kwanzaa time is here, happiness and cheer'....
NJ School Reverses 'Silent Night' Ban
Oak Hay... next on the list is 'Noisy Night'!!! ;-))
I asked that very question on this forum once. I have Black family members and friends and they have friends and we've yet to make the aquaintance of anybody that celebrates it!
Now they will probably have defend themselves in court!
"The complaining parent, an attorney who has not been publicly identified . . ."
Call me provincial but, if you're going to infringe on my right to free expression, I get to know who you are and where you live.
EHT ping! Go Pastor Kyle!
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