December dilemma: Christmas music in public schools

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  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    I believe the Supreme Court has addressed at least part of this issue. Religious music can be performed if it is part of musical history. After all, if we don't allow religious muaic, say goodbye to Mozart's Requiem Mass in which I had my first solo in high school. Throw out Bach, Handel, and many other composers. There isn't a lot of Hannukah music, or any other religious music. I don't even know of any Muslim or Solstice music. Many culturess didn't even develop a harmonic system. Religious music is part of history. Even though I'm a Mormon, I am currently working on singing Ave Maria by Schubert. It's gorgeous and definitely not an appropriate song for my church meetings, but I would love children to hear it to help them appreciate classical music.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 21, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    As a football team mirrors its coach, we're mirroring our president:

    * we are not a Christian nation
    * gay marriage rights
    * rights for abortion
    * those rich people can pay alittle more
    * redistribution of wealth

    We are transforming.

    May our liberal friends get what hey voted for.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    So a college student who voluntarily signs up to participate in a play that contains language she finds offensive to her Christian religious beliefs is having her rights violated - but a high school student who has to perform songs that are offensive to her non- Christian religious beliefs is not.....

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    I have always believed that Rachel B was merely a pawn caught up in more complex political and career building moves by others.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    What ever happened to respecting the beliefs and traditions of others around us?

    Why not celebrate Christmas -- AND Hanukkah, Solstice, the Muslim New Year, and whatever other happy times may be celebrated by people anywhere?

    Happiness and good things do not belong to only one group alone.