Long Island parents angry over school re-writing lyrics to Silent Night

There is at least a little hope left for New York. A Long Island, New York school district was forced to apologize to angry parents after a fifth grade choir performance left out some key lyrics of Silent Night.

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“I really don’t understand… why the school district would choose a song like Silent Night and then take out the most important lyrics of the song. Why would you do that,” Pat asked on radio this morning. “First of all, it’s a Christmas song. Leave in the Christmas. Secondly, if you’re so secular in that district or in that school that you think you’re going to offend somebody, what are you doing a presentation like this at all for?”

TheBlaze reports:

Many of the religious lines that point to the very heart of the Christmas season were simply axed from the students’ Dec. 12 performance at Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School.

“Christ the Savior is born,” “Holy infant so, tender and mild,” “round yon virgin, mother and child” and “Jesus, Lord at thy birth” were strategically removed from the student rendition.

The Kings Park Central School District has since apologized to members of the community who were outraged over the changes, WNBC-TV reported.

The school district explained that in removed the lyrics in an effort not to offend the non-Christians, but they ended up causing ire among many parents who questioned the school chose to sing the song at all if it was going to cause controversy.

Check out the performance in question below:

“It’s weird because they did leave in quite a lot,” Stu said of the performance. “And look, there’s a lot of Christmas songs that have nothing to do with the actual meaning of Christmas that if you want to hide that meaning, you can just choose one of those. As you pointed out throw a little Jingle Bells in there. People like Jingle Bells. If you want to do Silent Night, there’s a reason you do it. And it’s because you want to focus on what the holiday actually means.”

“People are so stupid and so tangled up in this political correctness. They don’t even know what they’re doing anymore,” Pat concluded. “They don’t even know what they’re doing or why they’re doing it.  It makes absolutely no sense. It’s crazy.”

  • Patrick Henry

    Evil preaches tolerance until it becomes the majority. Then it seeks to eliminate good.

  • Anonymous

    Look at how effortlessly the hymn is mis-sung. I wonder if any of the children noticed.

  • Anonymous

    Its one more effort on the war on Christianity: eliminate it completely by subsuming it to the state will and wishes one step at a time.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly.

  • Anonymous

    Seems like a decent compromise. The school wanted to do the traditional christmas song, but they also wanted to make sure they didn’t cross the line of endorsing any religion. The other option for them was probably to not do the song at all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Mathew 10 32-33 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”

  • Gregory Sapara

    Compromise? Who would be hurt by singing a traditional Christmas song? What “line’ does Silent Night cross? Oh, the line between actually MENTIONING Christ and not mentioning Him. At least you’re right about not doing the song at all…..

  • Anonymous

    There are plenty of non religious Christmas songs, so choosing to rewrite this one smacks of indoctrination. These kids will remember the wrong words.

  • Anonymous

    If people do not like Christmas or Christmas songs they should not come to a Christmas school concert. Let them stay away and have their own celebrations. This is just one more example of disrespect Christians have to put up with. Why do we always have to bend over backwards for all these minorities? They should do their own thing if they so choose and let Christians celebrate the way we love to do it and did for over 2000 years. Traditions might have changed over time but not our believe in the Christian religion.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you. Public schools are indoctrinating children. It is kind of surreal that progressive fascists are trying to turn Christmas into a non religious holiday.

  • Anonymous

    Christmas is a religious holiday and progressive fascists should not be trying to hijack it. Look ahead to what it means to be in a government dominated society before it is too late for all of us.

  • Anonymous

    Teach your children the important things at home! Don’t rely on the schools.

  • Anonymous

    And Jesus wept. How pathetically sad for our sweet children.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think the point is to try and hijack it. If they wanted to hijack it I think that not doing silent night would be the most effective way.
    Techinically the school can’t do straight up church hymns b/c they can’t endorse one religion over another on principal (regardless of whether it is Christianity or otherwise).
    If you’re in that bind but you want to honor the fact that Christmas is about Jesus, do a song that is clearly about his birth but modify the lyrics so you stay within the bounds of what you’re allowed to do as a public school..

  • Anonymous

    No one would be hurt, just as no one is hurt by NSA surveillance, but it is the basic principle that public schools or institutions do not promote any religion over another, regardless of the religion (just as they shouldn’t, and from my experience generally don’t promote one political ideology over another.etc).

  • Anonymous

    It is a public school, so what they are and are not allowed to do is limited in terms of endorsing different religions, ideologies etc. Those specific lyrics from the song could get them in trouble, b/c as a public school they can’t endorse a religion. However, they can still do the classic song with slight modifications so they stay within what is widely considered constitutionally ok (if you disagree with that then its a completely different story, but the school has to play by the rules as they exist right now).

  • Anonymous

    I understand what you are saying but that is a liberal point of view. I look at It is an attempt to pervert and marginalize Christmas and put government as the final say in everything. Liberals are so worried about religion that they miss the bigger picture of a government dominated society of victims and control which eventually they will not even be able to control.

  • John Scott

    I also wonder why they choose Silent Night? Why not choose another song? Its like a lot of other progressive movements. Pick and choose what you want. Its really censorship and changing the lyrics is inappropriate anyway. Yea, you progressives don’t like Christian music but have no problem celebrating a holiday you don’t 100% embrace religiously? Hypocrites.

  • Anonymous

    I hear you. Public school is run by the government and is a place where the government does have the final say. I get the overall concern and I think its good thing a portion of the population views it that way, I just think in this instance critics are not being entirely fair to school district and a music teacher who probably wasn’t operating under any overriding agenda and just wanted to put on a show with different christmas music, including a public school acceptable version of silent night.

  • Anonymous

    “No one is hurt by NSA surveillance”? Even if that were true, that doesn’t mean the NSA should be doing it. Just like with this song. If you think that re-writing to sing it without the words you think would “promote” a religion, doesn’t hurt anyone, it doesn’t mean you should do it.

  • Anonymous

    What gets me about the “OMG we musn’t promote a religion!” crap, is that if you read the actual writings of the framers regarding the issue (and not just cherry-pick a phrase from a letter by Thomas Jefferson… you guys know what I’m talking about), and observe the behavior of the framers, it it very clear that they weren’t talking about “endorsing” or “establishing” a religion (remember, it doesn’t say the government can’t establish a religion, it says they can’t make a law respecting [read regarding] the establishmet [which could mean the institution of] religion). Remember, they used the capitol building for religious services every week, with up to 13 different denominations using the various rooms, all at the same time. Obviously they didn’t intend for people to be prohibited from expressing their religious beliefs in public, duh. To understand the so-called Establishment Clause, one must take into account the Free Practice Clause, which grammatically is written as part of the same sentence. ALSO, (read very important) we are forgetting that that Amendment talks about what CONGRESS (i.e. fed congress) CAN’T do, NOT what public schools can’t do, AND the SPECIFIC topic is LAWS (i.e. congressional legislation). People seems to fail to realize that the SCOTUS has severely expanded the scope of the 1st Amendment Establishment Clause, while diminishing and minimizing the authority of the Free Practice Clause. I just have one thing to say to that right now, AHHHHHHHHHHHH! (head banging against the wall).

  • Anonymous

    Actually, Constitutionally the public schools can. It is because of SCOTUS that they can’t. SCOTUS has improperly limited everyone else in regards to that Amendment, when that Amendment DOES NOT APPLY to anyone but Congress (read it, I dare you). SCOTUS needs to be reigned in, dagnabbit. (sorry, I’m in a cantankerous mood today).

  • Anonymous

    God has been around way before any of us (eternity) And it looks like He will be around long after we leave this world (eternity). I suspect that His existance is not contingent upon who believes and who does not believe.

  • bdod

    Why would a school do this? Probably because they were effing paranoid that their concert would be turned into a sensationalized media story. The entire media system is so polarized they’ve infused elementary school choir teachers across the country with the fear of losing their job if they leave opportunity to have themselves disingenuously painted as having a political agenda. This school just wanted to put on a concert. STOP making these kinds of things news stories just so you can get a few more visitors to your page. Disgusting.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps another reason to get the government out of schools.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not just the government schools. We are entering into a government dominated society. More and more, people are being monitored and regulated by government.
    I am personally offended by what this teacher did. Let government pagans create their own songs and stop marginalizing the Christian faith.

    The First Amendment is pretty clear on this issue.
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
    Congress cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion. Yet it is happening. It is safe to say we are no longer a Constitutional Republic and that government Public Policy is now the controlling law of the land. It should be obvious to everyone that we are moving toward a government dominated society where rights are now privileges regulated by government. If it isn’t obvious to everyone I don’t know what it’s going to take.

  • Anonymous

    You are correct in saying that and Roberts decision on Obamacare shows how little the Constitution means anymore. The Constitution has become a victim of word games that allow it to be circumvented.

  • Gregory Sapara

    You’re comparing apples to oranges. The best choice was obvious – choose a different song to sing. Creating a “politically correct” version of the song was stupid, and was done for one reason only – to subvert the Christianity of the lyrics and create a “state approved” version. Watch out for that train when it’s aimed at you…..

  • The Beech Bums

    Run-of-the-mill collectivists routinely attempt to confuse roads and fire departments with collectivism by referring to them as “socialism”.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. As I said, “banging head against the wall.”

  • Liberalism Is Nonsense

    Certainly, if one wished to distribute others’ income in an “unfair” manner, say to friends, centralized power would also be needed.

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    Here we find an opportunity to sow the seeds of liberty across the fruited plain: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878