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Osgood Intermediate School drops Christ from 'Silent Night' performance

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Just because one has degrees and a good job doesn’t mean the person has a whole lot of sense as far as knowing what’s right from what’s wrong in pleasing the public. A chorale director at the at the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School in Kings Park – on Long Island in New York – actually thought there was going to be no backlash after making a fifth-grade chorus sing “Silent Night” without mention of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The version of “Silent Night” that the students sang left out the lyrics “round yon virgin, mother and child” as well as “Christ the Savior is born,” according to a Yahoo! News report on Friday.

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After parents who were obviously concerned spoke out, Superintendent Susan Argus and the school’s principal Rudy Massimo now assert that the chorus director pulled the lines from the Christmas classic as to not offend persons of other faiths than Christianity.

Naturally, one wonders why anyone would include a religious song about the night of Jesus’ birth in a Christmas program if there was a need to avoid religious references. How about having a winter program where students sing songs like “Sleigh Bells” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Or, better yet, how about forgetting a choral program all together in December if one finds Christmas to be so offensive to some and let the school band play on.

Argus said she apologizes for what happened and claims it won’t happen again. Additionally, a statement from the Kings Park Central School District Board of Education said that it apologizes to those in the community who were offended, and that the offensive action was not approved by the Board or district administration – asserting that it is not their role to approve the songs chosen for their concerts.

After this, maybe it should be completely analyzed and approved in the future at this school.



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