Thursday, May 22, 2008

Teachers must sign pledge not to attend churches

that use musical instruments.

Five Columbia (Tennessee) Academy teachers are in danger of losing their jobs unless they promise to end their relationship with churches that allow the use of musical instruments, a local minister and a teacher involved said Tuesday.

“It feels that they are being asked to choose between their job and their church,” said Russ Adcox, minister at Maury Hills Church, where all five teachers attend services.

Adcox said school officials deemed the teachers to be in breach of their contract because of a Good Friday service held at the church that included musical instruments. They are now being asked to sign a pledge promising not to participate or affiliate themselves with worship services that use musical instruments.