Friday, October 14, 2005

The Devil Wins: High School Pulls The Devil Went Down to Georgia from Band's Half Time Show

Potomac News Online | Daniels: Song doesn't deal with Satan: A Georgia high school has pulled the Devil Went Down to Georgia from their halftime show because one man wrote a letter to the editor complaining that the song was about Satan.

Like a scene from Three's Company, the jist of the letter was that there would be no tolerance for a song about God in a public school, so there should be none for a song about Satan. The band leader, Mr. Furley, saw the letter, and pulled the song from the band's playlist. Rumor is that the band will be performing songs now with no spiritual overtones, such as "Oops I did it again," by Britany Spears and anything from the soulless Ashlee Simpson.

Daniels said he believes in hymns at school.

"If I had my way people would still be praying in school and we could sing 'Amazing Grace' or anything we wanted to," the forthcoming and congenial Daniels said.

"I think it's wrong not to be able to do that and I think it's a misinterpretation of the Constitution to take that away from children," he said.

He said he was proud the band played his song and said his heart went with the band because they couldn't play a song they'd worked to learn.

"If they took the time and the hours and everything to rehearse the song then I think it's a shame they have to pull it because of one letter," Daniels said.

Daniels stopped short of calling Brown's action censorship and was philosophical about the reaction to the song being scratched.

"I think it's a little overreacting myself," Daniels said.

"If I listened to criticisms of me and my music and my career and my songs, I'd still be down in North Carolina cropping tobacco," Daniels said.

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