LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Imagine singing Silent Night without any reference to the virgin birth or Jesus himself.
Sound impossible? It’s not.
Sound ridiculous? Many would agree.
A Long Island, N.Y. school district caused outrage after fifth graders sang an edited version of the song during a holiday concert. The song omitted many of the famous lines the traditional song is known for. Gone were the lyrics “Christ the Savior is born” — or any other reference to God. The omitted lines weren’t replaced. Instead, the kids sang one simple, generic chorus
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Glories stream from heaven above
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia
Sleep in heavenly peace
After the concert, parents weren’t happy. Many expressed their disprovable to school staff. In response to the backlash, the school posted a statement to its website.
It read, “The Board of Education sincerely apologizes to our community members who were offended by the change of lyrics to the song Silent Night and we share in your sentiment. This action was not approved by the Board of Education or district administration, nor is it their role to approve the songs chosen for our concerts. We are aware that no disrespect was intended on the part of any staff member. We will be taking steps to be certain this never happens again. As a Board of Education, we have taken offense to this action and again offer our sincerest apologies.”
See the performance in the video below: