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Friday, November 10, 2006

Faith of Our Fathers, Holy Faith

La la la.

Why have none of the "separation of Church and State" folks complained about the songs that ring from the bell tower at the Ferry Building at noon and five p.m. every day?

No, the Port Authority bells aren't ringing Onward Christian Soldiers, but they are playing the likes of Faith of Our Fathers.

What's up with that? Are bell tone tapes available for bell tower use only available with religious and quasi-religious songs?

Why is there no uproar, no outrage from the "separation of Church and State" folks?

His nibs tells me that perhaps those who would complain never spent enough time in church to recognize the tunes.

O FAITH of our fathers, living still
In spite of dungeons, fire, and sword:
Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene'er we hear that glorious word!
O Faith of our fathers! Holy Faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

I'm not complaining, mind you. I just find it curious.

Still, ditch the Faith of Our Fathers. I'd prefer some silly little love songs by McCartney or Lennon's Imagine, but those songs are still under copyright and the Port Authority would probably have to pay royalties.

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