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08-23-2015, 11:56 PM
Mississippi School Band Told To Stop Performing ‘How Great Thou Art’, In Defiance A Lone Voice Began To Sing The Forbidden Song

There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched.

The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.

“The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,” the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper.

In 2013 a student sued the district over a series of Christian meetings that had been held on school property, the newspaper reported. The district later settled the lawsuit and acknowledged they had violated the student’s First Amendment rights.

In July, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled the district had violated the agreement after a Christian minister delivered a prayer at an awards ceremony.

Judge Reeves, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama, came down hard on the school district — ordering them to pay thousands of dollars in fines. He also warned the district that future violations would cost them $10,000.[…]

Something must be done to right this wrong, people said. A message had to be sent to the likes of Judge Reeves. Locals gathered in coffee shops and garages to devise their plan.

And what they did — would become known as the musical shot heard around the world.

During halftime of Friday night’s game – a lone voice began to sing the forbidden song.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,” the singer sang.

Brittany Mann was there and she witnessed the entire moment of defiance.

“We were just sitting there and then one by one people started to stand,” she told me. “At first, it started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder.”

She said it was a “truly incredible” moment to watch hundreds of people singing together in the stadium.


08-24-2015, 12:53 AM
Praise God, for His truth cannot be silenced by the courts or any other instrument of Satan.

08-24-2015, 09:09 AM
The school board, judge and the kid who sued got what they asked for.

The marching band performance would have been without lyrics. It's events like this that make me realize God does have an ironic sense of humor.

I know a lot of people who aren't Christians who like "How Great Thou Art" for the tune. Elvis recorded it, so a lotN of people have heard it.

08-24-2015, 12:23 PM
True southerners at their best! Amen.