Friday, September 04, 2009

Evolutionary Band T-short offends the masses

Shirts using the evolution of man to compliment a marching bands "Brass Evolutions" program them are apparently to offensive for the school district. The shirts ...

"... which were designed to promote the band’s fall program, are light gray and feature an image of a monkey progressing through stages and eventually emerging as a man. Each figure holds a brass instrument. Several instruments decorate the background and the words “Smith-Cotton High School Tiger Pride Marching Band” and “Brass Evolutions 2009” are emblazoned above and below the image."

The band debuted the T-shirts at the Missouri State Fair parade.

While the shirts don’t directly violate the district’s dress code, Assistant Superintendent Brad Pollitt said complaints by parents made him take action.

“I made the decision to have the band members turn the shirts in after several concerned parents brought the shirts to my attention,” Pollitt said.

From the article, "Pollitt said the district is required by law to remain neutral where religion is concerned."

Too bad evolution is science, not religion.

As a Tuba player myself I am offended at the concept of a monkey or pre-human hominid playing brass instruments, but I am guessing that the parents who complained were offended by something else.

I call bullshit that he would have taken the shirts if it said Brass Resurrections. He took them because somebody complained.

(via Castro's Favorite Color)

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