Fifth-graders at Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School on Long Island were instructed to present holiday music including the music teacher's own unique rendition of Silent Night that omitted any reference to Jesus, Christmas, or anything relevant to the actual event being celebrated.
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-- From "NY school removes religious references from Silent Night" posted at CBS News, New York 12/20/13
“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,” said Jackie McDonald, a mother who walked out of the performance.
“To choose to sing ‘Silent Night’ and eviscerate the meaning of the song was not appropriate,” McDonald told CBS 2's Carolyn Gusoff.
“It’s offensive,” one father told Gusoff. “If you’re going to remove words to not offend other religions, what about the religion that that song belongs to, which is Christianity?”
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