August 19, 2012 · 0 Comments
Post by Jenny Erikson
Walk down any cellblock in any penitentiary in America and ask the convicts why theyâre there. They all say the same thing: They were forced to sing songs in elementary school that included the words God or pray, or made any reference to rowing a boat ashore or holding the whole world in someoneâs hands. Itâs a miracle any of us ever overcome that kind of childhood trauma at all.
At least thatâs the impression the Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving with their insistence that such songs be removed from Okte Elementary Schoolâs curriculum. The Shenendehowa school in Clifton Park, N.Y. teaches kids music with hell-raising lyrics like “Thank you God for everything,” “I pray the Lord my soul to keep,” “Michael row your boat ashore” and “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”