Atheists May Sue School Over Songs Mentioning God

They're songs, not prayers, says Clifton Park district
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2012 7:16 PM CDT
Atheists May Sue School Over Songs Mentioning God
Lyrics that mention 'God' and 'the Lord' have an atheist group threatening to sue a school district.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Stop singing about God or go to court, or so says an atheist organization threatening to sue a school district in Clifton Park, New York. The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the Shenendehowa district to stop teaching two songs to elementary school kids that include lyrics referencing an almighty creator. The tunes are "Thank You for the World So Sweet" featuring the line, "Thank you God for everything," and the song "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," which includes "I pray the Lord my soul to keep," reports the Huffington Post.

A spokeswoman for the school asserts the songs are legal because they are not taught or used as prayers. "Basically our statement is that we don't officially ban any literature or music," she tells the Christian Post. The atheist group is waiting for the district's official response before deciding whether to pursue a lawsuit. (Maybe we'll be seeing more of these suits, if this survey on the rising number of atheists in the US is correct.)

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