Church school bans Lennon classic

BBC NEWS | England | Devon | Church school bans Lennon classic

A school has banned pupils from performing the song Imagine, because it is anti-religious. There’s no disputing that, the lyric “Imagine there’s no heaven, no religion too” sort of gives it away.

Rev David Harris, is a governor of the school. He said:
“The song expresses longing for a different
world and for eternal happiness but it says you can have this without
religion.”

How he managed to crowbar in claims about the search for eternal anything in a song which says “
Imagine all the people living for today…
” I don’t know.
If we correct his claim it would be:

“The song expresses longing for a different
world and for finite happiness and it says you can have this without
religion.”

, and I don’t see anything controversial there at all.
Imagine is a song which helps define the impetus behind Lennon’s work for peace (Anti-war, anti-nuclear), yet this school rejects it because there is no place in modern religious teaching for considering the possibility of people who do good through non-religious motivation, or indeed for considering the potential for religious doctrines and practices to cause harm.

I rather suspect that this school has not done itself any favours here.

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~ by bouncysteve on 19 July, 2006.

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