Christian Songs Not for Public Gatherings, Some Say

August 14, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On August 14, 2000, The Washington Post reported that an "8-year-old girl was banned from singing the campfire favorite "Kum Ba Yah" at her day camp after talent show organizers said it violated their ban on religious songs because it repeats the word "Lord." Samantha Schultz had practiced the song for a week but was banned from singing it Friday at the North Port Boys & Girls Club talent show. Bill Sadlo, director of operations for the club, about 50 miles south of Tampa, said he was concerned parents would complain if children went home and said they heard a religious song at the nonsectarian camp." Sadlo explained, "We don't want to take the chance of a child offending another child's religion." In response to the Schultz family's argument that she should have been told the song was banned before she practiced all week for the show, Sadlo agreed that the "staff should have informed the girl earlier" and he apologized to the family.