Another public school is under fire for trying to censor Christianity from the Christmas holiday. It seems like these stories are happening with much more frequency these days, right along with all of the other censorship of non-PC conservative thought.
This time it’s the subversive editing of an old Christmas favorite, Silent Night. Apparently school officials were concerned that this particular hymn was just a tad bit too religious to be singing it during their Christmas concert. So they edited out questionable lyrics like, “Holy infant” and “Christ the Savior.” The kids did sing it beautifully…
The intent was to avoid offending non-Christians, but the change left others upset. The school superintendent and principal of the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School have since apologized. They admit it was a mistake to edit the song and promise it won’t happen again.
My question is this: what’s the point? Christmas is a Christian holiday. Perhaps the culture has coopted it and made it into a much more materialistic and hedonistic event, but at its heart, the holiday is about the first advent of Christ on earth. The simple celebration of the holiday is a tacit nod toward the idea that Jesus is God, that He was born of a Virgin some 2000 years ago, that He lived a perfect sinless life, that He was crucified and died cruelly because of our sins, and that three days later God raised Him from the dead, conquering death and sin. This is the Christmas story.
So if you are going to sing Christmas songs at Christmas concerts during the Christmas holiday season… can’t we just leave them alone? There is no way to celebrate Christmas without Christianity and/or Christ.
If you don’t want the “religious” aspects of Christmas clouding your holiday, then celebrate something else at Christmas time. Make up your own holiday with trees and gift giving and eggnog, and stop messing with our traditions.
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