What’s the point of singing “Silent Night” if you remove the key parts of the song?
That’s what a Long Island, New York school did in order to “sanitize” the Christmas carol for a fifth grade choir concert.
The lyrics “Christ the Savior is born,” “Holy infant so, tender and mild,” “round yon virgin, mother and child” and “Jesus, Lord at thy birth” were removed from the song. The lyrics were not replaced with alternative wording.
The school, Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School, has become the center of controversy since this story broke.
After many members of the Long Island community became furious over the lyric deletion, the school district apologized in a statement that said, “The Board of Education sincerely apologizes to our community members who were offended by the change of lyrics to the song Silent Night and we share in your sentiment. his action was not approved by the Board of Education or district administration, nor is it their role to approve the songs chosen for our concerts.”
A parent of a student at the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School said, “Silent Night’ at its core is a religious song. It’s a sacred Christian hymn that tells the story about the birth of Jesus. What was performed was inappropriate and disrespectful to the Christian faith.”
Although the school ended up apologizing, do you think this is an example of the “war on Christmas?”
by Kristin Tate Kristin Tate
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