WWW Opinion Times

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Christian Rock Band Not Allowed to Perform in Public School

Here is further evidence that our current secularist legal culture cannot decipher what makes a free society function.

Toledo, OH--"Rossford High School officials were considering letting a Christian rock band play during an anti-drug assembly next week, but decided yesterday to cancel the performance because of concerns over having religious music played in a public school.

'We are just shutting the whole thing down,' Rossford Superintendent Luci Gernot said. 'There is some controversy, and I'd rather err on this side.'"

Read: "I want peace and not a messy controversy, so I'll sit this one out:" no dice.

Religious messages have reinforced good behavior on this continent for over 300 years. If schools want to address the problems of drugs, they need a moral foundation to do so. Religion in general and Christianity in particular provide a consistent message which has positively changed the lives of children in crisis. Take for example the success of Teen Challenge. For decades, their drug rehabilitation programs have clearly outperformed other similar government and non-government ones (including Alcoholics Anonymous). Whereas the standard rehabilitation rate is somewhere below 20%, Teen Challenge has an 85% success rate among its graduates. The difference: they inculcate Christian principles in program participants.

Rather than run away from religious messages on public property, schools should be running to them. Self-government based on Christian principles is the foundation of our Constitution, not secularist dogma. We will do well in this country to re-build that foundation, and schools would do well to reaffirm this historical fact in their curriculum.