The Christian news website OneNewsNow offers no links or citations or names for their story, but here’s what they say happened at some middle school:
As the school made preparations for its recent Christmas program, the choir director became nervous about keeping his job over lyrics to an old hymn. Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, picks up the story.
“The choir director said that you couldn’t use the name of Jesus in the song ‘The Holly and The Ivy,’ saying in fact that the song [lyrics] needed to be changed from ‘Mary bore the sweet little Jesus Christ’ to ‘Mary bore the sweet little child,'” he explains.
I searched for the story and couldn’t find any mention of it anywhere else. That doesn’t discredit it. I just find that odd…
What got to me was what Staver said about the change:
Staver stresses that schools are supposed to maintain neutrality. “To the contrary, [this school’s action] shows hostility, and that’s exactly what the First Amendment forbids. This is outrageous. We will make sure that it’ll never happen again,” he adds. “Obviously the educators need education; and if education doesn’t work, we’ll litigate.”
They’re supposed to maintain religious neutrality… so let’s sing a song about Jesus?
If Staver wants neutrality, he should be asking for that song to be removed from the program altogether. (Why is the middle school singing about Christian beliefs, anyway?)
Of course, he won’t do that.
He got mad when non-religious Hannukah songs were sung at a school concert.
He got mad when a religion-free song to the mere tune of Silent Night was sung.
So I’m not hopeful he’ll come to his senses on this issue.
And let’s not forget: Even with the lyric change, they’re still talking about Jesus. I have a problem with that.
With so many songs to choose from for a holiday concert, is it really necessary for any choir director to choose songs about one religion…?