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Updated: 11/01/2013 8:21 pm
BORDENTOWN TWP., N.J. (MyFoxPhilly) -- In many school districts around the country, the December musical performances used to be called "Christmas Concerts."

In Burlington County, New Jersey, a new change to an old formula has lots of parents upset.

The Bordentown Regional School District celebrated Halloween today with kids in costumes parading at both its elementary schools, but it's a decision impacting a couple of other holidays, that has some parents horrified.

Like to hear a beautiful religious carol during the Christmas season? Or, for that matter, a Hanukah tune or Kwanzaa selection?

You won't find it at this year's winter concerts at either of Bordentown Regional Elementary Schools.

"We're not happy about it. We're all celebrating holidays together, you know, whether you celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanukah or Christmas, it's our holiday. It's been around forever. It's our tradition." Joe Sergio, a parent said.

A message on the district homepage from Superintendent Constance Bauer tells parents that some musical selections at elementary winter concerts led to a legal review, and a decision that "religious music should not be part of the elementary programs."

Most parents we talked to were aware of the message and nearly all had an opinion. Some supported the religious music ban.

Others told us they were fine with even more religious selections given the time of year.

One parent told us the folks who had questioned the selections had been revealed and were the subject of nasty comments from other moms and dads.

The district's online message suggests the ban impacts only the two elementary schools.

MyFoxPhilly calls to Bauer's office were not returned.
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angels072258 - 11/1/2013 10:32 PM
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AS long as I'm alive I will continue to pray. Only God can hear my prayers and the songs I sing in silent. Although I choose to sing aloud and at home all through out the year. Weather in silent or out loud God still hears them. And that is my duty as a Christian. There have been many times that I have been at a public elementary school and prayed. Who else knows but God and me?

nativejax - 11/1/2013 9:13 PM
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I'm as sick of ANYONE trying to tell me this is NOT a FREE COUNTRY to have the right to BELIEVE in any Faith/Religion we want. THAT'S what is wrong with people and this Country, the ass wipes in OUR CONGRESS is trying to keep us from living and showing the love and compassion for mankind the way we are suppose to through the sharing of PRAYERS. Prayer of any form of religion is better than NONE. (Except with one worships the devil, or 'uses' religion to kill or commit crimes.)
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