While it seems appropriate that Council has adopted Music in the Park and that Mr. Harvey has broached the subject of Christian music being played there, I find it disconcerting that this music might meet with some protest and doubly so that it not be permitted in order to avoid such a protest.
God forbid that – excuse me – Allah, Buddah, Wodin, or Madalyn Murray O’Hare – someone be offended if a group of Lutheran show up to sing “Abide with Me,” or a Baptist sing “Amazing Grace”, or a Methodist might sing Charles Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”
We are a nation of Christians, founded by men who were devout and believed in the teachings of Jesus Christ and we should not be intimidated by those who do not adhere to our Christian heritage. If we fail to be steadfast in our actions, how long before a Christian might have to wear a bell to signal the approach of one akin to a medieval leper.
I think it appropriate that we pose the question, “Shall We Gather at the River” and sing to him whose moral teachings have served as the foundation of Western Civilization for about 2000 years.