This scenario is real.

Imagine you are Primary Chorister. One of your many important jobs is preparing the kids to sing on Fathers Day. Of course, unlike Mothers Day, the Children’s Song Book actually includes some fun options and (almost) everyone’s favorite:
Daddy’s Homecoming. Who can resist “a great big kiss”?

Now imagine that after your first rehearsal of the song (that went amazingly well–you are eagerly anticipating an easy and energetic presentation), a Primary teacher who is the epitome of earnest, but is also not totally without mirth, approaches and pulls you aside.

You can’t sing that song.


That “Daddy comes home” song–the Stake President specifically asked us not to sing it.


At Stake Conference last year. Remember? He was talking about dealing with abuse and he referenced Chieko Okazaki and said that we shouldn’t sing this song.

I don’t remember that at all. Let me look into it.

This is a major bummer. Although you are pretty sure that Earnest Primary Teacher is all wrong, you really have to investigate and when you find out she was indeed wrong, you have to explain to her how wacked-out that idea is. In fact, maybe you won’t be able to convince her, so you’ll probably have to have the Stake President call her and assure her you have special dispensation to sing the most harmless Primary Song of all time.

So you start with the Primary President who, like you, does not recall the Stake President having said any such thing. But, she feels it is her job to actually talk to the Stake President, just to get the all clear. Now imagine she calls you back that evening and reports that the Stake President does indeed ask us not to sing that song, and could we please pick another for Fathers Day?

What is your reaction? Is this crazy political correctness gone awry? Is it a reasonable accommodation? Is it even possible that this song causes someone somewhere pain?