John Bennett

Charlie Brown [yelling]: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about!?

Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about….

Lights please.

And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night and lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them…

From the mouths of babes- indeed from the mouth of a cartoon child, the meaning of Christmas was explained.

Yet, as it seems to happen every year, a form of toxic tolerance possesses some people, who try to rip Christ out of Christmas.

Officials at Kings Park school in Long Island decided to mangle the song “Silent Night” by scrubbing out the words “Holy infant,” “Christ the Savior,” “round young virgin mother and child,” and “Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.” According to the superintendent, a principal and choral director made the decision “to represent the song without offering offense to people of other faith.”

School officials faced a simple trade-off: offend “other faith” or offend Christians. They went with the easy bet, an understandable choice given that the Christians won’t raise hell like the “other” will. Christians, unlike many groups, will let themselves be pushed around. Too many Christians will slouch towards the lion’s den or turn the other cheek before taking a stand for their own culture. That’s what the school was banking on, but many Long Island parents expressed outrage. Some, like Jackie McDonald, walked out of the performance.

The school district has since apologized- in a hollow and deceptive manner. The people who scrubbed the song are not going to include the correct lyrics next year. Instead, the principal has said, “We are going to be more cautious of the songs that we choose.” In other words, “Silent Night” will not be sung, as long as the current multicultural mandarins are in charge.


John Bennett

John Bennett (MA, University of Chicago, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences '07) is a writer whose work has appeared in The Daily Caller, Townhall.com, World Net Daily, Human Events, Liberty Unyielding, Accuracy in Media, and FrontPage Magazine, among others. He has been a featured guest on the Laura Ingraham, Jerry Doyle, and Lars Larson programs.