The Devil is in the details

So, is the selection of this song by a public high make for an impermissiable entanglement between church and state? For my part, I tend to not think so.

WASHINGTON — After the devil went down to Georgia, it seems, he got censored in suburban Washington.

In preparation for a guest appearance at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, the marching band at Hylton High School in Prince William County, Va., had a logical and seemingly innocuous idea: play a Georgia-themed song. They decided on "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," by the Charlie Daniels Band.

But early this month, a local newspaper, the Potomac News, published a letter by a resident who wondered how a song about the devil could be played at school events, because of the separation of church and state.

Hylton's longtime band director, Dennis Brown, pulled the song from the playlist. "I was just being protective of my students. I didn't want any negative publicity," he said.

But Brown's strategy backfired. Residents, alumni and parents have been fulminating in the Potomac News and on its Web site against censorship, media values, the band director and the writer of the letter."

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I know I'll do my time in hell for this...

but I like to throw a fair bit of coin into the jukebox and set it on "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" repeat-mode. Typically it runs for about 5 plays before they pull the plug on the jukebox or start smacking it around.

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