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Parents steamed over removal of religious lyrics in ‘Silent Night’ at school concert

Parents of children attending a Long Island, N.Y., elementary school are seeing red over a song performed by fifth-graders at a holiday concert last week.

Officials at Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School removed all religious references from the Christmas carol, “Silent Night,” hoping to avoid offending non-Christians, according to New York CBS affiliate WCBS Channel 2 News.

One of the parents, Jackie McDonald, was so incensed, she walked out of the performance.

“Any reference to what the song was about — the birth of Christ, ‘round young virgin mother and child’ — all of those things were omitted from the version that the children sang beautifully,” she told WCBS. “To choose to sing ‘Silent Night’ and eviscerate the meaning of the song was not appropriate.”

Some parents wonder why the school would bother choosing a religious Christmas carol, only to make it into something secular.

“It’s offensive,” one father told WCBS. “If you’re going to remove words to not offend other religions, what about the religion that that song belongs to, which is Christianity?”

The school’s superintendent apologized and promised it would never happen again. I imagine that means that next year, it’s all going to be “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

Watch the WCBS Channel 2 news report, then check out A cappella group’s amazing version of ‘Little Drummer Boy’ goes insanely viral.

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