Over the weekend, North Carolina’s North Buncombe High School held a Band Boosters event to honor veterans and fundraise for the band’s upcoming trip to Hawaii. All of that was perfectly fine. But then the event took an illegal Christian turn:
[Mother Ginger] Strivelli said the event included Christian prayers and a moment of silence that ended with “in Jesus name amen.”
“The event, while not on campus, included all members of the (North Buncombe High School) marching band, so it is against the policy as it’s a school-related function,” Jason Rhodes, spokesman for the school system, said in an email.
The keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows. The Rev. Jim Dykes gave an opening and a closing prayer.
“It was a very specifically Baptist, Christian prayer,” said Strivelli’s daughter Sybilsue Strivelli.
To his credit, North Buncombe Principal Jack Evans acknowledged that what happened was wrong and added that he gave the “Band Boosters president… a copy of the policy” to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
But there was no punishment of any sort. Strivelli is requesting that event organizer Marvin Mercer be removed from his position with the Boosters — or else she’ll lead the students in a non-Christian prayer later this week and you know all hell will break loose if a Pagan is allowed to do that.
Strivelli is known to readers of this site as the mother who, in 2012, fought back against a Christian Bible distribution at her son’s school by bringing administrators there a box of Pagan books to be given to students. The school refused to accept the books, eventually leading the school district to adopt a policy where they would not “advance or inhibit” any religious beliefs, a policy they violated once again over the weekend.
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