Now THIS IS SICKENING!!!!!
One student's lawyer starts a stink and all hell breaks loose over a Christmas Carol that has been sung for over 200 years. Then you wonder why the crime is so much higher (not just with the rise in population, I mean per capita), and why the world is in such a dang tizzy!
I read the article quick thinking that this "Liberty Counsel" was the group out to ban the use of the sacred hymn written by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr. But another look got me realizing that the "Liberty Counsel" is the opposite of (let's say) the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Liberty Counsel is for traditional family values, from reading the article further, and it, too, is sickened over the overkill and secularizing of Christmas.
OK - I'm out on a daring little task... From now on, when a clerk at a store - any store - says "Happy Holidays", or "Have a Nice Holiday", I'll just ask "Which one?" and see if the word CHRISTMAS comes out of their mouths. And if they do, I'll say, "You do the same, and thank you for uttering the word CHRISTMAS".
It makes me so sick that an entire school would want to change the lyric of such a sacred piece. Personally, I'm not crazy over ditties done on only three chords, but "Silent Night" IS CHRISTMAS in the eyes of CHRISTMAS music. I've been known to change the harmony a little bit, to add some life to the piece (not "rock out" with it, or "jazz it up", those are bad ideas), but the melody and text will always be preserved.
For the love of Almighty God, please, let's keep CHRIST in CHRISTMAS. Man, when I was a young'n, I grew up with CHRISTMAS carols that spoke of Santa and Jesus (not in the same sentence, btw). And the settings were all good. And I find it funny that there's all this use of "Happy Holidays" instead of "MERRY CHRISTMAS", but yet such self-centered schlock like "Santa Baby" is played all over the airwaves (the diva singing it "wants Santa to give her all these extravagant gifts", for those who don't know the song). And soon Santa will be outlawed for his being Saint Nicholas. THEN WHAT??? How far will this craziness go???
Gee, does anyone know any CHRISTMAS carols that don't have Santa or Jesus in it? Man, I hope not! Let's celebrate CHRISTMAS, and eliminate the obvious and blatant work of the devil.
Update 12/15/05: GREAT NEWS!
BMP - oh, and, MERRY CHRISTMAS! (well, for now, HAPPY ADVENT for another 13 days) ;)