Federal courts have become infamous for prohibiting anything that smacks of practicing Christianity in public venues: prayer, speech, or music; even purely instrumental music. Spectators at a high school football game in Rankin County, Mississippi have found a way to nullify the edict of their particular nemesis, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves (an Obama appointee confirmed by Senators that we elected).
The Brandon High School marching band had prepared a halftime show that included the instrumental music to the hymn How Great Thou Art. Obeying the judicial edict, the school board prohibited performance of the show. So far, this is just like what has happened in so many schools across the country. It’s what the spectators did at a subsequent game that could be a “game changer.”
According to an article on the Fox News website, during halftime at the game, the spectators stood up and sang the hymn. Hundreds of people participated. One of the spectators is quoted in the article as saying, “This is the kind of thing that makes me proud to be from the South. We are getting tired of being told to sit down and shut up. People are ready to fight back.”
My question is, why should this be confined to the South? Organized resistance to judicial tyranny can be practiced anywhere in our country; and any attempt to stop it could backfire politically on those who make the attempt.
What if every school band were to include in their performances a perfectly secular piece that they play very quietly: at a volume that is easily overwhelmed by the crowd singing. Starting that piece would be the signal for everyone to start singing a hymn of choice (I vote for Onward Christian Soldiers), praying aloud, or whatever. It would even be possible to find hymns with the same meter as the music; for example using the metrical index in the back of many hymnals.
If an attempt is made to prohibit that particular secular music, choose something like the Marine Corps Anthem. Let them try prohibiting that and see what happens.
Other kinds of public meetings could find ways to do something similar. At a city council meeting, for example, the council could announce a ten minute break. What the audience does with that break is their business, and could include prayers, a sermon, singing, or whatever.
Am I suggesting that we should not obey the First Amendment? On the contrary, I’m suggesting that we push the government to obey the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Congress has made no law “respecting” (relating to) establishment of a religion. Only Congress may make any federal law; judges certainly may not. What Judge Reeves and the Supreme Court before him have done is illegal according to the First Amendment and Article I (“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”). It is up to us as citizens to restore respect for the letter and spirit of the Constitution. Defying illegal, anti-Christian judicial edicts is one step toward fulfilling our responsibility. Maybe someday we can even elect Congressmen who will reign in the rogue judiciary.