School choir to perform at Montana church despite calls from ACLU, atheist group to cancel show

A Montana school choir is set to perform at a church despite calls from the American Civil Liberties Union and an atheist group to cancel the show, arguing that it violates the separation of church and state.

Kate Orozco, superintendent of the Whitefish school district, said Wednesday that it’s up to the dozen members of the high school’s choir to decide whether or not they want to perform at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalispell. But she added that the show, which is scheduled to take place Thursday night, would not be canceled.

"We would certainly not prohibit our kids from performing. We think the performance itself is a great experience for all of our kids and its volunteers," she told KTMF.

A letter the ACLU of Montana sent to the district said the show “poses serious constitutional concerns and demonstrates a lack of respect." Letters from other groups, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, also called for the district to cancel the show.

The music at the concert will include religious songs and some secular tunes, KTMF reports.

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