Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the district on Oct. 28 after administrators implemented the ban. The letter explained the ban was both unnecessary and unconstitutional.
On Friday, Superintendent of Schools Constance J. Bauer posted a notice to parents on the district’s website that states, “In reviewing additional legal considerations and advice on this matter and the expressed sentiments of the community at large, I have reconsidered the decision on the musical selection for the upcoming winter programs so that pieces with traditional and historical religious origins will be permitted. Concurrently, the Board will continue its review of the larger policy implications for the future.”
Previously, Bauer had publicly stated that “religious music should not be part of the elementary program(s).” She then banned any and all religious music in the December concerts that the district’s elementary schools normally hold.
“Misinformation about the First Amendment is frequently what leads to censorship of constitutionally permissible and culturally significant songs performed during Christmas concerts,” adds senior legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We commend Superintendent Bauer for once again permitting religious music to be included among the many nonreligious songs performed at school concerts.”
A December 2011 Rasmussen poll found that 79 percent of American adults believe public schools should celebrate religious holidays.