Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was almost grounded at Murrayville Elementary School this week after a parent complained about the classic Christmas song’s inclusion in her daughter’s upcoming kindergarten concert.
The objecting parent was upset about the words “Christmas” and “Santa” in the song, feeling that they carried religious overtones.
That prompted the song to be pulled from the upcoming holiday concert, which in turn upset more parents.
…”They have clearly decided that any other religion or custom is not important,” the objecting parent said after learning about the reversal on “Rudolph.” She asked that her name not be published, to shield her daughter’s identity.
The mother, who is Jewish, said she was trying to have a Hanukkah song added to the musical lineup but had not received a return phone call about it from school officials by mid-afternoon Friday. [article]
We seem to get these stories more and more every year. Multiculturalism and tolerance only leads to thin skins and perceived offenses found everywhere. Finding offense though in a song developed for Montgomery Ward only proves how silly this trend has become.
It is also rather sad that the most religious song they had for Christmas was Rudolf in the first place. We have turned into a culture looking for slights at every opportunity. Survival of the whinniest. There are certainly things in the culture to be offended at, but demanding a Hanukkah song to balance a song about a reindeer with a luminous birth defect is just plain dumb. Though what is even more dumb in those in the schools that accede to such requests instead of laughing them off. The idea of some kind of quota for a concert is also wrong. I would have no problem with including a Hanukkah song, but it shouldn’t be done in this PC mindset. Will school concerts have to also include songs on primordial ooze to satisfy atheist parents?
When I was an atheist singing in a choir I had no problem singing religious hymns even if they were predominantly Christian with some Jewish ones. I loved the songs that were musically solid songs. The modern atheist seems to be a weaker atheist. The new atheist go around demanding that they never have to hear of religion and demand pathetic little signs wherever there is a public nativity. Though I would also have a problem with those who remove those atheist’s signs. Though maybe their signs evolve and develop legs and walk of by themselves. Atheist signs on a bus don’t disturb me and signs of religion shouldn’t disturb them.
As dumb as public schools are in their decisions we get stories like this.
Enduring favourites such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen are being altered by clergy to make them more “modern and inclusive”.
But churchgoers say there is no need to change the popular carols and complain that the result is a “festive car crash” if not everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet.
It comes just a day after a Church of England vicar banned his congregation from singing O Little Town of Bethlehem because he believed its words do not reflect the suffering endured by modern residents of Jesus’s birthplace.
Another clergyman has rewritten the Twelve Days of Christmas to include Aids victims, drug addicts and hoodies.
Among the “theologically-modified, politically-corrected” carols encountered by visitors to the website are Hark the Herald Angels Sing in which the line “Glory to the newborn King” has been replaced by “Glory to the Christ child, bring”.
The well-known refrain of O Come All Ye Faithful – “O come let us adore Him” – has also been changed in one church to “O come in adoration”, both changes apparently made for fear the original was sexist.
“[One reader] wrote in asking if the original line was considered too gender-specific,” Mr Goddard said. “But as he rightly pointed out, Jesus wasn’t hermaphrodite, neither was he a girl.”
Churchgoers at one carol service will not be allowed to sing the words “all in white” during Once in Royal David’s City in case they appear racist, while another cleric has removed the word “virgin” from God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. [article]
Political correctness does the opposite of bringing people together. A forced conformity that is not conformity at all. Whether it is religion or gender we have created a society of people looking for an offense to be upset about.
If I should hear a Hanukkah song on public property of any kind, should I try REAL HARD to be offended?
She complained about a song that has Christmas in it because of its religious overtones, and she wants it replaced with a Hanukkah song?
“Scottie beam me up there is no intelligent life here”!!!!
Every time I read one of these stories I want to be insolent to everyone and be AGGRESSIVELY Christian! (Not the best idea, I know, I’m working on it.) I want to go up and say “Merry Christmas! What are you going to do about it?”
I haven’t yet, and won’t, God Willing. But what happened to OUR freedom of speech?
“”Glory to the newborn King” has been replaced by “Glory to the Christ child, bring”.
The well-known refrain of O Come All Ye Faithful – “O come let us adore Him” – has also been changed in one church to “O come in adoration”
Some changes are ridiculous, but these are sad. How to make Heaven weep at Christmas time? Reject Jesus, His Kingship, the virginity of His mother, and all that most calls us to kneel in awe and humility before God.
Are the PC folks our modern Pharisees? Always looking for something that offends?
As for aggressive “Merry Christmas” messages, Joe, the little “It’s okay to say Merry Christmas” button is working for me. So far, when I wear it it is either ignored or it makes Christians who are feeling stifled smile and respond. It’s turning out to be a solidarity pin! (Of course, tomorrow someone may punch me for wearing it, or I could get fired over it. Time will tell.)
Hey, wait a minute! Doesn’t this elevate Rudolph? First, “they wouldn’t let poor Rudolph play in any reindeer games”, and now he gets to be marginalized for the Faith. Hmmm…
ARE there any Hanukkah songs? Would we know one if we heard it? So far, I’ve only heard Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah” song. Now, if there’s one song that could be said to be offensive to the Jewish population…
And yet this is played on the radio and billed as a “holiday classic”. Yeah, it’s funny, but it sure could offend the sensitive.
Survival of the whiniest. Classic.
Oy vey….can’t stand this ‘multicultural PC’ stuff.
Give me a break…
“Survival of the whiniest’ indeed!
Maybe its is time to take responsibility for our own interests and values and let the school and the objectors do as they choose.
Form a Christmas community of Christians coming together,open,inviting and welcoming to all. Build community based upon our shared traditions and music. Bring all the kids and adults who want to participate to a church,a hall, reserve a room at the school,get a permit to demonstrate in a park. Whatever works and have an annual traditional program based upon shared Christian values open to everyone but organized by a representative religious leader team.
It seems to me its time to turn on the light rather than trying to drive out the darkness.