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'Silent Night' gets reprieve (Wisconsin school restores original lyrics)
WorldNet Daily ^ | December 14, 2005

Posted on 12/15/2005 8:26:27 AM PST by NYer

A Wisconsin school that had secularized the lyrics of the beloved Christmas carol "Silent Night" has now agreed to change the words back to the original after receiving countless phone calls and e-mails about the issue.

Liberty Counsel, the law firm working on behalf of parents upset about the secularization of the carol, says it was both public pressure and two letters attorneys sent to the school that prompted the change.

According to a statement from the organization, Debra Messer, administrator of the Dodgeville School District confirmed that "'Silent Night' will be sung. 'Cold in the Night' will not be sung."

As WorldNetDaily reported, for performance in its "winter program," kids who attend Ridgeway Elementary School in Dodgeville, Wis., were scheduled sing the following lyrics to the tune of "Silent Night":

Cold in the night, no one in sight, winter winds whirl and bite, how I wish I were happy and warm, safe with my family out of the storm.

This year's winter program also includes decorating classrooms with Santa Claus, Kwanzaa symbols, menorahs and Labafana, a mythical witch that's a part of traditional Christmas celebrations in Italy.

Letters the law group sent to the school demanded a change in the winter program. Failure to do so would have resulted in legal action, Liberty Counsel said.

Courts have ruled that public schools may include religious songs as part of a teaching or performance program. The Supreme Court once noted: "Music without sacred music, architecture minus the cathedral, or painting without the scriptural themes would be eccentric and incomplete, even from a secular view." Religious songs along with other secular holiday songs are permissible.

"We are pleased that the children at Ridgeway Elementary School will not be singing 'Cold in the Night,'" Mathew Staver, Liberty Counsel president and general counsel, said in a statement. "This secularized rendition mocks one of the world's best-known Christmas songs. Christmas is a state and federal holiday. We don't change the names of any other federal holiday, nor do we change the words to songs commemorating these holidays. It is absurd to have children sing 'Cold in the Night' in place of 'Silent Night.'"

Controversy over Christmas and its celebration in the public square has reached a fever pitch this year with battles raging over everything from what to call evergreen trees to whether or not retailers allow their employees to wish customers a "merry Christmas."

"Silent Night" is the most recorded song in history. The carol was written by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr. Gruber led the singing of his new song for the first time during an 1818 Christmas Eve service in Oberndorf, Austria, accompanying the choir on guitar.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: cheeseheads; christmasmusic; commieeducation; publicschools; waronchristmas

1 posted on 12/15/2005 8:26:28 AM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 12/15/2005 8:27:05 AM PST by NYer ("Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer

Glad to see the Holy Spirit moving in this way. Time for the silent majority to roar!


3 posted on 12/15/2005 8:29:55 AM PST by reegs
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To: NYer
I would like to know the names of the idiots on the school board that came up with that idea.
4 posted on 12/15/2005 8:30:23 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party)
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To: NYer
Liberty Counsel, the law firm working on behalf of parents upset about the secularization of the carol, says it was both public pressure and two letters attorneys sent to the school that prompted the change.

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Doing the right thing apparently wasn't an issue for the school. Too bad, but at least the outcome was right.

5 posted on 12/15/2005 8:31:47 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer
Happy Labafana!

Sheesh.

7 posted on 12/15/2005 8:32:55 AM PST by ppaul
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To: ppaul
Happy Labafana!

Hi, I'm Labafana!


8 posted on 12/15/2005 8:35:22 AM PST by NRA1995 (Jesus is the reason for the season)
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To: NYer

I've been wondering, if the Catholic Church decided to move the date of Christmas, what would the secular world do??? To move the date with Church would reaffirm that the holiday celebrate's Christ's birth. If they kept it on December 25, what would they call it?


9 posted on 12/15/2005 8:36:53 AM PST by reegs
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To: NYer
The carol was written by Franz Gruber

Sheesh. Who woulda thought he'd end up as a terrorist killed by Bruce Willis?

11 posted on 12/15/2005 8:43:32 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

LOL! :)


12 posted on 12/15/2005 8:47:54 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: jasoncann

I wonder if this curriculum is approved for use in all Wisconsin schools?


13 posted on 12/15/2005 8:51:32 AM PST by NYer ("Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: Dallas59

An ideas on how to get school boards to change "winter break" back to "christmas break"? I mean everyone knows it is Christmas break.


14 posted on 12/15/2005 9:08:39 AM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: NYer

Gee, I thought 'cold in the night' was kinda catchy!


15 posted on 12/15/2005 9:10:46 AM PST by headsonpikes (The Liberal Party of Canada are not b*stards - b*stards have mothers!)
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To: reegs
I've been wondering, if the Catholic Church decided to move the date of Christmas, what would the secular world do???...

Not sure, but people would be hosed one way or the other. Since the Global retail sector operates so far in advance and depends on the holiday for the majority of its revenue, it would implode. Of course, an event of this proportion would take the whole gobal economy down with it. Just the announcement of something like that would drop the market something ridiculous.

16 posted on 12/15/2005 9:17:31 AM PST by right-wingin_It
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I see. It's one of "those schools". "Positive action tokens"? It's like training dogs with biscuts. Also wonder what they mean by "character education". Whatever happened to 'the family' and a couple real life experiences doing the character education?? Sheesh!


17 posted on 12/15/2005 9:21:40 AM PST by right-wingin_It
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To: Lancey Howard

Actually, it was his brother HANS who was the Alan Rickman character lol

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016/


18 posted on 12/15/2005 9:24:36 AM PST by rudy45
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To: right-wingin_It

Did the Liberty Council get their "positive action tokens"? I figure they're due a bunch of 'em...


19 posted on 12/15/2005 9:41:56 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: NYer
(Wisconsin school restores original lyrics)

Stille Nacht

1. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hoch heilige Paar.
Holder Knab' im lockigten Haar,
|: Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh! :|

2. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.
|: Jesus in deiner Geburt! :|

3. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn,
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt sehn,
|: Jesum in Menschengestalt! :|

4. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß,
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
|: Jesus die Völker der Welt! :|

5. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
|: Aller Welt Schonung verhieß! :|

6. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
|: "Jesus der Retter ist da!" :|

I don't remember the rest.

20 posted on 12/15/2005 10:08:45 AM PST by FreedomFarmer (Facts without theory is trivia. Theory without facts is socialism.)
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To: NRA1995; ppaul
La Befana
21 posted on 12/15/2005 11:03:49 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: jasoncann

Starlite Cafe
An exquisite dining experience with soft music, fine cuisine, four-star service (provided by RES teachers and staff of course!) and a formal atmosphere. A memorable experience that students look forward to.

School cafeterias have come a long way since I was a kid!
Is this for real?


22 posted on 12/15/2005 11:19:49 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: jasoncann

No one in their right mind would subject a child to a "curriculum" like that.


24 posted on 12/15/2005 1:13:11 PM PST by madprof98
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To: NYer

Good news -- but I don't think Bill O'Reilly knew about it tonight.


25 posted on 12/15/2005 9:26:17 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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