Howell MI has had a reputation for bigotry
...being a sort of past epicenter for white supremacy in the state. Now there's a religious bigot in charge of the high school, dictating what a touring choir from Germany can sing on their premises. And apparently this is just the latest in a number of decisions flouting community values.
Steinberg said much of traditional choral music is religious in nature, and alternatives are limited.
That's just it, and the part that administrators don't get. If you are going to use a choral program to teach the best of Western art and civilization (and if you aren't, why are the taxpayers paying for it?), you can't get away from Christianity. Even now, the church is at the core of the American choral tradition (with all due respect to gay choirs, college choirs, and the few and brave professional choirs). I don't give a rip if kids exit the choir room telling sick blasphemous jokes about Jesus. But if you decide that certain ideas can't be presented because they might offend somebody, well, there went Western civilization.