A friend of ours wrote me yesterday because her son told her that in music class (her son and my son are in the same class), they were taught a Thanksgiving song and, as part of the song, each kid had to fill in this blank:
"I thank the lord for ______________."
Now, while I am an atheist and my son isn't being raised in any religious tradition, I'm not usually militant about it. My son hasn't really decided whether he believes or not (he's only 10), but he and this other friend were apparently joking around, saying "I thank the lord for not being real." (they were joking outside of class, not in class, otherwise he'd be in trouble with me for that)
I haven't had a chance to talk with my son about it, but this friend said that her son did say it made him feel pretty uncomfortable to have to say what he thanks the lord for, when he doesn't believe in a lord.
So, teaching this song seems really inappropriate to me, but is it worth a fight? WDYT?
ETA: This is a public school.