Dozens of parents and students are outraged after a Mississippi high school band was pulled from a halftime performance at a football game.
According to Mississippi News Now, the Rankin County School District banned the Brandon High School band from taking the field Friday because it had planned to play "How Great Thou Art," a Christian hymn.
Officials were worried that the performance would violate a July 10 court order by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who said, "Defendants are permanently enjoined from including prayer, religious sermons or activities in any school sponsored event including but not limited to assemblies, graduations, award ceremonies, athletic events and any other school event."
The district, which previously was fined $7,500 for allegedly promoting Christianity after promising to stop, could face a $10,000 fine each time it violates the court order, Mississippi News Now reports.
Parents and students protested the decision Friday night by singing the hymn from the stands during the football game. The moment was captured on video.
"I don't fault our school district because I know they are trying to do what's right as a community and for the school," one of those parents, Kimberly Moore, told Mississippi News Now. "But in one sense I don't fault 'em, and in another, I'm like, 'We gotta take a stand on behalf of Christ.'"
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