This is a textbook example of blind Christian privilege:
School Board members Mike Martin and Russ McUne said Thursday they felt Finch had overreacted.
“There were 18 songs on the program, of which one has a sacred theme to it and 17 don’t. Really, the complaint should go the other way: The program was too darned secular,” said Martin, who was in the audience. “To change that program for one person is almost a violation of everyone else’s rights.”
I’m all of a sudden less comfortable with Martin on the school board, if this is his understanding of things. It’s a public school program. It should be secular. End of story. And I can all but guarantee that while there might have only been one person who said something, there were others in the audience who did precisely to avoid comments like Martin’s, which is not exactly what I’d call ‘welcoming’ to non-Christians.
Note: I don’t have any issue with people spontaneously choosing to sing a song. That’s their right. But that’s also very different than having it be sponsored by the school. Martin, as a board member, should know better, regardless of his personal beliefs.
A bit scarier than that, though, is the idea that rights are determined by majority. That’s dangerous – and in case it’s not obvious why, what would happen if a majority decided that all entrances into the school had to include steps? Anyone with limited mobility would be excluded – but “to change the entrances for one person is almost a violation of everyone else’s rights,” by Martin’s logic. (And if you think this example doesn’t work, say so and I’ll bring one up that includes race.)
I hope the Superintendent makes a point of having a friendly conversation with Martin regarding why, regardless of what Martin thinks in private, this kind of thing doesn’t help the district.