A fight between where the line should be drawn between religion and schools has ended in compromise, after a student was not allowed to sing a song in a school talent show due to it saying “Jesus” too many times.
Via NBC News:
A Chatsworth fifth-grader who was told he couldn’t perform a song at his school’s talent show because it had too many references to Jesus has reached a compromise with school officials.
Superior Elementary School officials originally denied the young man his performance of the Christian rock hit, “We Shine,” on the grounds of too much “Jesus.” The student was specifically asked to “pick a song that does not say ‘Jesus’ so many times.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines released this statement:
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is very pleased that all parties, the District, the PTA, and the legal representatives for the student were able to resolve the situation and come to an agreement so that the PTA program at Superior Elementary School can continue as planned on Friday with full participation by this student.
According to original reports, the principal told the boy that his song could cause a potential violation between church and state.
According to the lawsuit, the fifth-grader auditioned for a panel of PTA volunteers on Jan. 14. His parents were informed a few days later that he would not be allowed to perform in the show because of the song’s religious message and content.
The documents claim that Superior Elementary Principal Jerilyn Schubert said the dance routine was “offensive” and would violate the separation of church and state.
So exactly how much “Jesus” is too much “Jesus?” Watching a video of a dance routine to the song, Jesus is mentioned nine times, and God is sung eight times, all in about three and a half minutes.