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WEDNESDAY, OCT 16, 2013  |  13 comments
Christmas Concert Deemed Too Christian for Public School Choir

Outcry over a demand that a high school Christmas concert include five secular songs for every religious one, and the subsequent disbanding of an exclusive student choir, has pushed the school board in Wausau, Wis., to schedule a special session tonight to gather public comment on the issue.

Phil Buch, who has directed the Wausau West High School choir program for the past 30 years, told the Daily Herald Media he was called into a meeting last Thursday with administrators during which he was given three options for The Master Singers’ upcoming Christmas performances: perform five secular songs for every religious one, sing no Christmas music at all, or postpone any winter concerts until after December. Buch rebuffed the restrictions and disbanded the choir in protest.

Traditionally, The Master Singers (TMS) perform not only a school Christmas concert, but at several outside venues during the ...


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Angela Wittman | Southern IL  Find all comments by Angela Wittman
With all the battles Christians have to fight, being included in an anti-Christ gov't school "Christ-mass" production shouldn't be one of them. Let's move on to more important matters, please. Thanks.
On second thought, as much as I like gov't school board meetings, I hope they have a large turnout and the Christians give them heaven.
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News Item10/16/13 3:04 PM
Santa  Find all comments by Santa
John Yurich USA wrote:
How mentally deranged and psychotic can anybody be to state that celebrating the Birth of Jesus is not biblical when the Bible gives the account of His birth? The wise men paid homage to Jesus meaning they celebrated the birth of Jesus. All of the Protestant Reformers believed celebrating the birth of Jesus is biblical because they were not mentally deranged and psychotic.
And a Merry Christmas to all our readers who are diagnosed by JY as mentally deranged and psychotic.

Please tune in to receive further expert diagnoses by JY as the time for Santa's appearance draws nearer.

Aren't we privileged.

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News Item10/16/13 2:31 PM
MG | the Land Down Under  Find all comments by MG
I'm not wanting to "have a go" at anyone here, but just wanting to point out a few inconsistencies that Christianity has in general. We say (correctly) that we don't want to mix light and darkness, Christ and Belial. If there's a news article on a seeker sensitive "church" issue we're all happy to use these verses, but if it concerns something that is so entrenched in our traditions it's difficult to see that we're falling for the same thing! The early Roman "church" mixed a LOT of pagan things in! The protestant church seems to have given up reforming its ways once the salvation, and a few other issues, were rectified. Let's not stop returning to GOD's pure ways brethren!
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Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
GSTexas
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News Item10/16/13 11:48 AM
GsTexas | Texas  Find all comments by GsTexas
I meant not to remember his birth.
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News Item10/16/13 11:47 AM
GsTexas | Texas  Find all comments by GsTexas
Most scholars believe Jesus was born in like September or October, not December 25, which was the day of some pagan holiday back in the day that the Catholics tried to Christianize by changing it to Christ birth. It is interesting that nowhere in Scripture are we to remember his death, but his sacrificial death on the cross, and resurrection. However I don't see it as a sin to observe his birth and worship him on December 25, give gifts etc. But that is as far as I take it. Me and my wife don't put up a Christmas tree, or decorations because its pagan and has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Also we certainly don't do Santa, because he is a counterfeit Christ.
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News Item10/16/13 9:59 AM
Be Like a Berean  Find all comments by Be Like a Berean
JY, please point to chapter and verse where the Bible ordains Dec. 25 as a Biblical 'holiday'. Until then, easy on the accusations. Without substance, you just make yourself look silly.
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News Item10/16/13 6:51 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I just have to mention, without anyone taking offense, that the leviticus holidays were pre-Christ, so it wouldn't be listed.
Anyway, there's nothing wrong, to me, with celebrating Christ's birth, but I do understand the apprehension when it comes to how most celebrate it. I am familiar with the infant burning (yule log) to Molech, and the other pagan symbolic carry overs.
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News Item10/16/13 6:44 AM
MG | the Land Down Under  Find all comments by MG
The wise men arrived up to 2 years after His birth! He was not a newborn baby when they saw Him. No problems with celebrating Christ's birth, but I have a problem with mixing it with pagan timing and practices. He was born about 3 months earlier during the Feast of Tabernacles. Even Charles Spurgeon (believe it or not) talked against Christmas!
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News Item10/16/13 6:34 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
MG wrote:
Read Leviticus. GOD's holy days are listed there - no Christmas on the list. It was apparently the birthday of Nimrod's son though!
How mentally deranged and psychotic can anybody be to state that celebrating the Birth of Jesus is not biblical when the Bible gives the account of His birth? The wise men paid homage to Jesus meaning they celebrated the birth of Jesus. All of the Protestant Reformers believed celebrating the birth of Jesus is biblical because they were not mentally deranged and psychotic.
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News Item10/16/13 6:23 AM
MG | the Land Down Under  Find all comments by MG
Read Leviticus. GOD's holy days are listed there - no Christmas on the list. It was apparently the birthday of Nimrod's son though!
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News Item10/16/13 6:10 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
MG wrote:
Doesn't sound good, but ... I've got to admit that the pagan songs suit Xmas time rather well. It never was a Holy day of GOD's after all.
How stupid and mentally deranged and psychotic can anybody be to state that Christmas never was a holy day of God's? Christmas is the celebration of the Birth of the Lord Jesus in the spiritual aspect. The secular world celebration of Christmas is totally pagan.
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News Item10/16/13 5:50 AM
MG | the Land Down Under  Find all comments by MG
Doesn't sound good, but ... I've got to admit that the pagan songs suit Xmas time rather well. It never was a Holy day of GOD's after all.
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