“A lone voice began to sing the forbidden song”
The progressive war on faith isn’t limited to the condemnation of bakers who stand for their religious principles; indeed, that’s a relatively new development. Before bakers, high schools were (and still are) the target of these attacks on faith in America. From Texas cheerleaders banned from using Bible verses on their banners to schools banning Christian clubs to schools banning religious Christmas music at “winter”—or sometimes “holiday”—concerts, we repeatedly see this war on faith play out across the nation.
One such incident occurred in Brandon, Mississippi, where the high school band was benched and unable to play their half-time show for a Friday night football game because it had been banned from playing the hymn, “How Great Thou Art.”
There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched.
The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.
“The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,” the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper.
In 2013 a student sued the district over a series of Christian meetings that had been held on school property, the newspaper reported. The district later settled the lawsuit and acknowledged they had violated the student’s First Amendment rights.
In July, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled the district had violated the agreement after a Christian minister delivered a prayer at an awards ceremony.
Judge Reeves, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama, came down hard on the school district — ordering them to pay thousands of dollars in fines. He also warned the district that future violations would cost them $10,000.
“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,” the order reads.
Note that the banned hymn would be an instrumental rendition of the song, no “offensive” lyrics included, but the band was still not allowed to perform their half-time show.
This looked like a win for the progressive left. Until . . .
Word about the band getting benched spread across the town quicker than kudzu. I must have received emails and Facebook messages from nearly the entire state – from Desoto County to Yazoo City.
Something must be done to right this wrong, people said. A message had to be sent to the likes of Judge Reeves. Locals gathered in coffee shops and garages to devise their plan.
And what they did — would become known as the musical shot heard around the world.
During halftime of Friday night’s game – a lone voice began to sing the forbidden song.
“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,” the singer sang.
Brittany Mann was there and she witnessed the entire moment of defiance.
“We were just sitting there and then one by one people started to stand,” she told me. “At first, it started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder.”
What followed was amazing and heart-warming:
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