Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HS Band Punished Over Famous Religious Classic Song: "How Great Thou Art"

by Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.) via GOPUSA: Brandon High School band did not perform at halftime during the season opener against Ocean Springs because the program would have included the band's rendition of "How Great Thou Art," The Clarion and WBLT-TV reported Friday night.

U.S. Dist. Judge Carlton W. Reeves,
 for the Southern District of MS
The reports cited a statement from the Rankin County School District, which said a July 10 federal court order is the reason the band was not allowed to perform during Friday night's halftime show.

"Defendants are permanently enjoined from including prayer, religious sermons or activities in any school sponsored event including but not limited to assemblies, graduations, award ceremonies, athletic events and any other school event," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in a statement. "That means administrators, teachers and staff of the Rankin County School District may not participate in any religious activity, or solicit or encourage religious activities at school or while performing duties as a RCSD employee."

Reeves fined the district $7,500 and again ordered it to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other school events.

According to the media reports, the RCSD office was informed by Brandon High School (BHS) administrators the BHS band halftime performance included the song "How Great Thou Art." The Rankin County School District and the Rankin County School Board felt that would violate Judge Reeves' order, and they could be fined another $10,000 per violation.

After the game, video was posted by Todd Starnes on social media of fans in the stands singing the hymn during the halftime gap.

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