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No Holiday Play this year at Mansfield Elementary

Holiday play moved this year in response to complaints.

The Mansfield elementary holiday play will not be playing this year after complaints were lodged against the religious nature of some of the songs.

Principal Teresa Murphy said that about half a dozen residents complained last year and that the play will instead occur later and will have a Martin Luther King Day theme.

Mansfield school committee chair Michael Trowbridge said that it’s a shame and he loved the plays every year, and commented that six complaints usually don’t phase him.

“I get more than that every day,” he said.

Murphy said this may not be permanent.

“That’s not to say it won’t come back next year,” she said.

Whiners go home December 15, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Sadly- you don't even know what separation of Church & State means. Our forefathers came to this country to escape British rule over their religion. Their purpose was to keep the two separate because they were being bullied. Separation of Church & State states that The Government MAY NOT tell the Church what it may do. Religions are their own entity -not a slave to the government's whims or laws. Your ignorance of what Church & State means -shows you are a liberal grasping for straws because you are an anti-religious bigot. and like many of your kind- you hide behind something you don't even understand. If you hate Christians why don't you just come out & say it-instead of throwing a term around that you obviously don't know what it really means? Do some research before you show your ignorance. and May the Baby Jesus show you mercy for turning your back on Him- an innocent Baby who saved your soul by His suffering & death. Millions of people love & honor Him-The Prince of Peace every year at Christmas. Are you threatened by the beauty or the joy of Christmas carols?
Whiners go home December 15, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Ken you said it. Where is Mansfield's backbone? Jesus (who these whiners are so offended by) said "Love One Another- as I have loved You." Those who hate Him or the religion He founded- are not only racist-they are people who twist religion into being an evil instead of what it is- a way to praise God, & learn how to be a better person. Nobody is perfect but at least people who are genuinely religious- are trying. What are the haters doing to spread love & to work on themselves? They are pretty cocky & not at all interested in anyone else's tradition-so why is anyone surprised at their bigotry? But why should you let a few barking dogs ruin your Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah or whatever you celebrate? And mansfield- your taxes pay that principal. She works for you- you don't work for her- she has no right to cancel your child's Christmas concert on her own. Who does she think she is- just because a few people are scared of some Christmas carols & other seasonal music. i say all religious groups in Mansfield - get off your duffs & meet in the center of town & sing from your traditional celebrations from the top of your lungs! Let everyone know you are celebrating and supporting each others right to do so..Mansfield belongs to the people- not a few crabby losers who hate a joyful celebration. Go back to your hole in the ground you weasels and leave the happy people alone. One day you will look in the mirror & see how ugly your bigotry looks on your face. Botox won't fix it.
Whiners go home December 15, 2012 at 08:09 PM
i agree with you. where i grew up-they were called "busy bodies". (my Dad had another word for them i won't use here...) but they should busy their bodies with something other than the "analyze everything to death" approach. That negative behavior only repels people. so what if the concert has Christian & the music of other faith traditions & secular music too? who could be so upset about that? it will be educational & won't have an adverse affect on anyone but the six complainers, You can't have everything you want in life- like spoiled brats often will find when they are not being spoiled- so if you can't let yourself enjoy a diverse program- why don't you go whine & dine together as a half dozen group of pouting big babies- while the rest of the town goes out to have a Merry good old time without you. You are leaving yourselves out.
LL December 17, 2012 at 08:27 AM
So much bickering. "Much a do about Nothing" If you want to put on a play, then do it on your front lawn. If you go to a public school; you miss out on religion. If you want to live in the United States you need follow the law. Where is this complaining getting you? Free speech. Just be thankful you can talk like this, because someday you will be band from the Internet and will not be able to voice your thoughts without being accused of talking against the government. You all best get on with your lives and support your friends and family because you could loose it in a split second. I'm going to worship God while I still can.
LL December 17, 2012 at 08:29 AM
So much bickering. "Much a do about Nothing" If you want to put on a play, then do it on your front lawn. If you go to a public school; you miss out on religion. If you want to live in the United States you need follow the law. Where is this complaining getting you? Free speech. Just be thankful you can talk like this, because someday you will be banned from the Internet and will not be able to voice your thoughts without being accused of talking against the government. You all best get on with your lives and support your friends and family because you could loose it in a split second. I'm going to worship God while I still can.

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