California court bans “Ave Maria” in public schools, allows Islamic prayer

Relax! It’s multiculturalism, and multiculturalism is grand!

“Ban Ave Maria in the California Public Schools but Allow Islamic Prayers,” by Joseph Klein for the NewsRealblog, September 13:

[…] The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on September 8th upholding a public school superintendent’s decision to ban a student group’s performance of an instrumental version of “Ave Maria” at their public high school’s graduation ceremony. The superintendent’s reason for the ban: because the song might be interpreted by some as an endorsement of religion.

Remarkably, this left-leaning federal court sees no inconsistency between its ruling several years ago allowing Islamic prayers to be said on a daily basis in public school classrooms, and its current decision to prohibit a one-time instrumental performance of a Christian-inspired musical piece.

What will be next on the list of banned musical compositions — The Battle Hymn of the Republic?

I wouldn’t rule that out.

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Comments

  1. says

    What will be next on the list of banned musical compositions — The Battle Hymn of the Republic?

    Of course it’s next. What part of “…mine eyes have seen the Glory of the coming of the Lord…” don’t you silly islamophobes understand to be offensive to the RoP?

  2. says

    “Remarkably, this left-leaning federal court sees no inconsistency between its ruling several years ago allowing Islamic prayers to be said on a daily basis in public school classrooms, and its current decision to prohibit a one-time instrumental performance of a Christian-inspired musical piece.”

    Read the decision:
    http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2009/09/08/07-35867.pdf

    This issue has NOTHING to do with Islamic prayers in public schools. It cheapens valid issues (Islamic prayer time) to use non-related issues, like forcing a captive audience at a graduation to listen to overtly religious music.

  3. says

    What was the headline on that other item? Dhimmitude on stilts?

    One must look coolly at the facts and draw the self-evident logical conclusions.

    This court is not neutral between mohammedanism and American institutions or traditional religions.

    This court is actively hostile toward American institutions or traditional religions, and is promoting mohammedanism.

    So? What’s being done about it?

  4. says

    Our Islam apologist “dave” is correct — this does have nothing to do with Islamic prayer: which is the whole point of Spencer’s calling our attention to this case. An instrumental rendition of a famous song that happens to include words of Catholic prayer is utterly harmless in a secular venue and doesn’t threaten the principle of Church-State separation one whit. The hand-wringing anxiety exemplified by the school authorities as one gleans by reading the legal case linked by “dave” reveals a pathetic and irrational insecurity. Meanwhile, that same school allows blatant religious prayer on school grounds accorded to students who are practitioners of a religion. Their priorities are ass-backward, and reflect the broader quantum ignorance about the problem of Islam that is prevalent throughout the West.

  5. says

    Interesting bug I’ve noticed with this new system: When you’re on the main page looking at an article — this article here says it has “8 comments”, but when you open up comments it says it only has “6 comments” and indeed it does only have 6.

    I had just posted a comment that should have bumped the number up to 7 a few minutes ago, but it’s not here.

  6. says

    It isn’t a case of filtering. Two of my comments here were posted, and then disappeared. Technical difficulties. Please stand by.

  7. says

    I was pretty sure that I had seen some of my comments posted, only to come by later and find they weren’t there. I began to wonder if I hadn’t posted them on the wrong thread. It’s reassuring to find that even the redoubtable Hugh is having similar problems.

  8. says

    Jewel:

    You didn’t like Silvana Mangano’s performance as much as I do? Very well then, you asked for it: it’s Dino De Laurentiis. Take that.

  9. says

    Ah Hugh, you misunderstood. J’adore absolument Silvana’s performance. I will have to restrain myself from tapping impatiently the next video! Watching her sing and dance was such a lovely interlude….truly something to be missed if the Sharia ever becomes fully enforced in the west. It would be a crime to have to whisper such wondrous things in secret to our hijabbed grand daughters.

  10. says

    I thought that Muslims disliked all songs. Could it be that the Ave Maria in particular, makes them squirm or do they happily allow hard rock, rap, etc. Of course, we all know that hard rock, rap, etc. has absolutely no negative effect on kids. (sarc. off)

  11. says

    Right ow, it is Ave Maria. Next time, it will be the Pledge of Allegiance. Later, even non-religious symbols like the American lage will be banned because some troublemaker will claim that he or she is offended by it.