Freedom from Religion Foundation Tries to Ban Songs in School that Mention 'God and 'Lord'

| by Michael Allen

The Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist group, recently sent a letter to the Shenendehowa Central School district in Clifton Park, New York, demanding the removal of songs from a music class because the tunes include the words "God" and "Lord." 

The demand was made on behalf of a complaining parent.

According to, some of the songs that the Freedom from Religion Foundation  opposes are: 'Thank You for the World So Sweet,' 'Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,' 'Michael Row your Boat Ashore' and 'He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.'

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, told "This is not minor. It's predatory to conduct this toward a young, captive audience who would be truant if they didn't attend public school. It doesn't matter that the devotional wasn't toward a specific religion. We've already been through this with another case that features prayer songs."

In a written response to the atheist group, Kathryn McCary, the school district's attorney, wrote: "None of the songs was taught, or used, as prayer. Thus, the case you cite dealing with school prayer is an inapposite...[the songs] were used appropriately to teach musical concepts."