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Make a Joyful Noise

A family acquaintance of mine, Pearl Jean, was an active member of her small church’s choir in South Alabama. As far as she was concerned, they were as good as the Mormon Tabernacle group.

After months of preparation for the annual Christmas performance, she approached her brother and asked if the choir could sing during the holidays at the prison where he was the warden. She extolled the group's hard work and accomplishments to her sibling. Wouldn't it be wonderful, she gushed, for the inmates to hear the joyous music made by her friends from the church during the Christmas season?

The warden started shaking his head when she started talking but she continued to plead her case for several minutes. When she finally let him get a word in edgewise, he said emphatically, “No, Pearl Jean. It’s not a good idea. The choir is not going to sing at the prison.”

She was indignant. "And just why not?"

"Because," he answered, having heard the choir on several occasions, “some of the prisoners might not be guilty."

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