According to a recent piece from Fox News contributor Todd Starnes, a school district in Wisconsin is about to wage a serious war on Christmas.
The article claims that the district in Wausau, Wisconsin gave the high school choir three choices for their upcoming concert; perform “one sacred song for every five secular songs,” eliminate all Christmas music, or postpone the Winter concert.
Choir director Phil Buch, who says he was also told that the district had to approve every song selection, has chosen to disband the choir amidst the new regulations. Now, he’s apparently speaking out about the “war on Christmas,” saying that singing at Christmas programs without Christmas music makes no sense.
“This group sings at Christmas programs,” said Buch. “We sing for nursing homes, grade schools, businesses. To do that without Christmas music doesn’t make sense.”
Many parents, teachers, and other members of the community are outraged that the district would make a decision like this, with one parent saying it is an attack on Christianity.
“I don’t know what else to conclude that it is,” said parent Meg Ellefson. “It appears to be anti-Christian – unless they are fearful of offending a very small minority of people.”
“I’m really disappointed and saddened,” Ellefson continued. ‘I went to public school growing up and I learned all the Christian-themed carols in my public school. I sang them in my public school. If it’s not a problem last year, or ten years ago or 20 years ago, why is it a problem now?”
The school board stands by its decision, however, saying that it needs to keep in mind the religious views of other people and not just focus on one religious holiday.
“From a school board perspective, we look for music that is balanced,” said school board president Michelle Schaefer. “Yes, we are a predominantly Christian society, but we are also a society of many faiths and we want to respect that.”
A school board meeting will reportedly take place next Monday, and many expect that it will be packed full of angry people.