Georgia VA Hospital Apologizes for Banning Christmas Carolers
In a sudden turn of events the Augusta, Georgia VA Hospital administration that has turned away a local school singing group from performing religious Christmas carols at the facility last December has apologized for their actions and has invited the group to return this Christmas without any of their music censored.
The report comes as a surprise because most recent reports indicated the VA Hospital was not looking to change their policy but were interested in a compromise.
Alleluia Community School administrators said Tuesday that VA Director Bob Hamilton apologized for his staffs restricting student carolers to the hospitals chapel last December and forcing them to sing from a pre-approved list of 12 nonreligious Christmas songs that the facilitys Pastoral Service deemed appropriate for celebration within the hearing range of all veterans.
Alleluia leaders said in a statement to The Augusta Chronicle that Hamilton assured them their students are welcome to sing their own repertoire of songs and carols, including those with religious content, without discrimination at locations appropriate for singing within the VA.