Camille Ryder, 10
In October at Robious Middle school, conflict arose about songs mentioning Jesus in their chorus. It was decided that no songs mentioning Jesus or anything sacred would be performed. While those involved did not mean to make a fuss about the issue, they simply wanted to allow the middle schools to keep an open mind about religion. Is excluding sacred words and ideas from Christmas celebrations too much? Is it being contradictory when mainly aiming exclusions toward Christianity? Is our society becoming more politically concerned?
It is understandable that now especially our schools want to represent all cultures -- we are in a new era with more acceptance than ever. However, some may say excluding divinities from children’s concerts is too harsh, and it is impossible to represent and please everyone. Some feel that the exclusion of songs is targeted to Christianity because of its current prominence. A resolution that James River has come to is to perform songs at its upcoming winter revels concert that offer a more broad spectrum on the holidays. We were also asked if any of the songs we are performing make us uncomfortable, and if they did to talk to our teachers.
All of these concerts and events, even though labeled with Holiday, sometimes seem like Christmas with the title taken away. How far should political correctness go? Religion is prevalent in the world, and even though conflict can arise from differences, it still happens. Not talking about religion could be considered censoring, and if we don’t talk about issues like this, then they will never be resolved.