School Concert Sparks Controversy - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

School Concert Sparks Controversy

WHITEFISH -

Whitefish school officials say the show will go on.

This despite the fact that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are asking the Whitefish school district to call off an upcoming choir concert scheduled to take place at a local church.

"Not to this magnitude, no," said Kerry Drown, the principal of Whitefish High School, comparing this recent debacle to those he has seen in nearly two decades in education, "We've had over the years someone who may raise a concern, but not a particular group that comes forward."

December 5, about a dozen members of the Whitefish choir are singing at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalispell. This has gotten attention from several groups in support of the separation of church and state. A letter from the ACLU of Montana says "this situation poses serious constitutional concerns and demonstrates a lack of respect." Many of the letters the school has received in the last week end the same way: asking for the concert to be canceled.

Superintendent Kate Orozco says the show will go on, but students can decide whether they will be a part of it or not.

"We would certainly not prohibit our kids from performing. We think the performance itself is a great experience for all of our kids and it's volunteer," said Orozco.

"That happens to be the same group that went through the recent controversy with the statue up on Big Mountain... So I think our sensitivity is a little heightened," offered Drown as an explanation for the unexpected outcry.

Although there were no revisions made, Orozco said she did regret some of the wording on the concert's posters, calling for a "celebration of our savior Jesus Christ."

Music at the concert will include some religious songs as well as secular tunes.

The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. on Whitefish Stage Road.

  • NationalMore>>

  • 'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with $180 million

    'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with $180 million

    Sunday, June 17 2018 11:29 AM EDT2018-06-17 15:29:34 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 9:30 AM EDT2018-06-18 13:30:28 GMT
    (Disney/Pixar via AP). This image released by Disney Pixar shows a scene from "Incredibles 2," in theaters on June 15.(Disney/Pixar via AP). This image released by Disney Pixar shows a scene from "Incredibles 2," in theaters on June 15.
    Disney and Pixar's "Incredibles 2" has broken the record for the best animated opening of all time and the biggest for a PG-rated film.
    Disney and Pixar's "Incredibles 2" has broken the record for the best animated opening of all time and the biggest for a PG-rated film.
  • AMC Networks: Hardwick's talk show on hold amid allegations

    AMC Networks: Hardwick's talk show on hold amid allegations

    Saturday, June 16 2018 5:39 PM EDT2018-06-16 21:39:05 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 9:30 AM EDT2018-06-18 13:30:23 GMT
    AMC Networks says that Chris Hardwick's talk show is on hold and he has withdrawn as moderator of AMC and BBC America's Comic-Con panels.
    AMC Networks says that Chris Hardwick's talk show is on hold and he has withdrawn as moderator of AMC and BBC America's Comic-Con panels.
  • It's time for final arguments in 'Cadillac Frank' mob trial

    It's time for final arguments in 'Cadillac Frank' mob trial

    Sunday, June 17 2018 10:40 PM EDT2018-06-18 02:40:00 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 9:22 AM EDT2018-06-18 13:22:54 GMT
    (FBI Surveillance Photo via AP). In this 1993 FBI surveillance photo, Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, left, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, second from left with back to camera, and Frank Salemme Jr., behind right, are seated at The Charles Hotel in C...(FBI Surveillance Photo via AP). In this 1993 FBI surveillance photo, Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, left, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, second from left with back to camera, and Frank Salemme Jr., behind right, are seated at The Charles Hotel in C...
    Attorneys are preparing to make their final pitches to jurors in the case of a former New England Mafia boss charged in the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner.
    Attorneys are preparing to make their final pitches to jurors in the case of a former New England Mafia boss charged in the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner.
  • Most Popular

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.