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.
“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?”
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.”