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  • Long Island School Removes Words From Silent Night – Too Offensive (Video)

    12/19/2013 7:04:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/19/13 | Silent Night
    For their Christmas Holiday concert Kings Park school in Long Island cut several religious references from their music. It was too offensive. It’s an Obama world. “Silent Night” is now too offensive to sing at school. CBS Local reported: The song “Silent Night” is at the heart of a concert controversy on Long Island. Kings Park school officials removed several religious references, including “Holy infant” and “Christ the Savior,” from the popular Christmas carol before a student concert last week, WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs reported. The intent was to avoid offending non-Christians, but the change left others upset. “I’m not...
  • The NSA is Watching Your Town ~ Vanity Freeper Song Writing Thread

    11/27/2013 9:20:24 AM PST · by GraceG · 6 replies
    11/27/2013 | GraceG
    Here is a Holiday Humour thread to share and write Holiday Song Parodies that are relevant tot he dystopian state we all find ourselves in today. My first entry in this thread is my newly created: "The NSA is Watching Your Town" sung to the tune of "Santa Claus is coming to town"
  • 100 Greatest Christmas Songs of All Time

    12/24/2012 7:49:06 PM PST · by Mozilla · 57 replies
    Digital Dreamdoor ^ | Christmas | WCBS FM
    Here are the 100 Greatest Christmas Songs of all time compiled by WCBS FM. 1 White Christmas Bing Crosby2 The Chipmunk Song The Chipmunks3 Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry4 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Jimmy Boyd5 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms6 The Christmas Song Nat King Cole7 Snoopy's Christmas The Royal Guardsmen8 Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry9 Little Drummer Boy Harry Simeone Chorale10 Donde Esta Santa Claus Augie Rios11 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Brenda Lee12 You're All I Want For Christmas Brook Benton13 Baby's First Christmas Connie Francis14 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Frank...
  • The Forgotten Christmas Carol

    12/25/2010 10:01:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2010 | David Stokes
    What’s your favorite Christmas song? That’s a very subjective question. Some like to hear about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” – others love to think about bells “jingling.” Yet, others tear up (with good reason) thinking about a “Holy Night” so long ago. They may even want to fall on their knees. Christmas is more than a day in December – it is a season. Reminders of this are all around us – from the weather, to gatherings, to the music on the radio. It is not unusual for savvy media outlets to saturate their formats with all things...
  • What are the indispensable Christmas carols?

    12/24/2010 9:31:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/23/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    Two years ago, I posed the opposite question to Hot Air readers in a burst of Christmas Eve misanthropy, so consider this a long-overdue penance. What Christmas carols simply must be heard in order to make a joyous season more complete? Which specific versions do you like best? For instance, one might love “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, while detesting the disco version of it (a big thanks to Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson of the Hugh Hewitt show for dropping that into a break bed last night). As I mentioned in the post two years ago, you can love “Santa Baby”...
  • 'Toughest sheriff' holding caroling contest for pre-trial prisoners

    12/20/2010 5:32:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 20, 2010 | Jerry Seper
    The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" in America, Phoenix's Joe Arpaio, who cranked up his Christmas music machine for inmates last month, has scheduled a caroling contest for interested pre-trial prisoners - with the winner to receive a "real Christmas dinner for himself and his cell mates." In a move Sheriff Arpaio said "is likely to make Ebenezer Scrooge smile," the eligible inmates are those being held at the Maricopa County jails on charges ranging from burglary and driving under the influence to murder. Besides Santa Claus and the sheriff, the judges will include Elfis the singing detention officer, who also will...
  • Garrison Keillor, Grinch

    12/21/2009 6:01:33 AM PST · by lpmorrow · 17 replies · 793+ views
    mADwoman Advertising ^ | 12/19/09 | Laurie Morrow
    Garrison Keillor has always struck me as mean-spirited, wrapping a fundamentally smug and condescending world view in a fondant of cutesy-poo irony. Now, thanks to Glenn Reynolds‘ posting of Marissa Brostoff’s TABLET MAGAZINE column, “Garrison Keillor Doesn’t Like Jews Writing Christmas Songs,” others may also reassess their opinion of NPR’s favorite son. Brostoff describes Keillor’s recent Baltimore Sun column, in which he complains about “all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck. Did one of our guys write ‘Grab your loafers, coma along...
  • Celtic Woman / Chloe Agnew - "O Holy Night"

    12/19/2009 10:35:43 PM PST · by Enchante · 13 replies · 992+ views
    YouTube ^ | May 19, 2007 | Chloe Agnew
    Celtic Woman / Chloe Agnew - "O Holy Night"
  • Politically correct Christmas carols censor 'king', 'son' and 'virgin'

    12/12/2008 11:12:21 AM PST · by NYer · 47 replies · 1,720+ views
    Telegraph ^ | December 12, 2008 | Martin Beckford
    Enduring favourites such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen are being altered by clergy to make them more "modern and inclusive". But churchgoers say there is no need to change the popular carols and complain that the result is a "festive car crash" if not everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. It comes just a day after a Church of England vicar banned his congregation from singing O Little Town of Bethlehem because he believed its words do not reflect the suffering endured by modern residents of Jesus's birthplace. Another clergyman has...
  • School choir forced to pull out of Christmas concert as carols were 'too religious'

    12/11/2008 5:18:45 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 28 replies · 709+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12th December 2008 | Andrew Levy
    A school choir was forced to withdraw from a Christmas event because organisers branded its carols 'too religious'. Around 60 children aged between seven and 11 had spent six weeks practising favourites including Once In Royal David's City and Silent Night for the Corringham Winter Festival. But they were let down at the last minute when their headteacher was informed their programme did not 'dovetail' with the festival's theme.
  • York housing agency bans religious decorations (SCROOGE ALERT UPDATE)

    12/23/2007 4:58:07 AM PST · by Nextrush · 25 replies · 243+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 12/21/07 | Daina Klimanis
    In Christmases past, residents of Kingston House in West York hung a tree with Santa Clauses and decorated a common room with puzzles showing Christ in a manger. School groups and carolers came through the halls singing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and other popular Christian hymns. But things are different this December. At Kingston House and other properties owned by the York Area Development Corporation, songs or decorations in common areas must be secular. The same policy applies to hundreds of tenants in York City's Delphia House and other apartments managed by the development...
  • Wal-Mart Christmas Carol Concert to Feature Rick Warren

    12/15/2007 9:15:23 PM PST · by Terriergal · 19 replies · 281+ views
    Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores will feature their first-ever Christmas Carol Concert Friday morning, in partnership with The Salvation Army. Thu, Dec. 06, 2007 Posted: 14:26:58 PM EST Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores will feature their first-ever Christmas Carol Concert Friday morning, in partnership with The Salvation Army. The concert will be aired across the country at 9:30 a.m. in all stores and locations of the giant retailer to get shoppers into the spirit of giving this season. A special Christmas message will be given by Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life. "The holiday season is a...
  • NO 'O Holy Night'? Think 'Holiday Tree' (SCROOGE ALERT)

    12/16/2007 4:33:22 AM PST · by Nextrush · 35 replies · 136+ views
    York Dispatch ^ | 12/13/07 | Yvonne Myers
    This is in regard to the rules for some people who live in housing units for the elderly. They tell them that outside their own living quarters there may be no mangers, no angels and if there is a tree, it is to be called the Holiday Tree. However, the rules for decorating it are popcorn, cranberries, icicles, snowflakes, etc. That isn't too bad but, Holiday Tree? Now get this; for carollers, they may sing "Frosty the Snowman," "Winter Wonderland" but they may not sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing: or "O Holy Night" or "Away in the Manger." Why...
  • Police called to stop carol singing!

    12/14/2006 8:40:34 AM PST · by Leftism is Mentally Deranged · 11 replies · 491+ views
    Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights ^ | December 14, 2006 | Bill Donohue
    ANTI-CHRISTMAS FEVER ABOUNDS
  • Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Carols - funny stuff!

    12/07/2006 11:19:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 2,432+ views
    YouTube ^ | July 29, 2006 | jrb50900
    Some of this is PG-13. Turn up the speakers. :)
  • Harry Simeone, 94, Holiday Chorale Conductor, Dies

    02/25/2005 7:46:52 AM PST · by Borges · 13 replies · 600+ views
    NYT ^ | 2/25/05 | WOLFGANG SAXON
    Harry M. Simeone, a conductor and arranger whose choral singers helped popularize Christmas evergreens like "The Little Drummer Boy," died on Tuesday at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 94 and lived on the Upper East Side. The death was announced by his family. Mr. Simeone, who spent a career working for and with headliners like Fred Waring and Bing Crosby, became known on his own in the late 1950's with the Harry Simeone Chorale. Its recordings of Christmas songs sold in the hundreds of thousands and were ubiquitous in homes and public places. The most successful was...
  • Anti-Defamation League Offers Schools Guidance for Negotiating the 'December Dilemma'

    12/05/2004 4:36:32 PM PST · by Askel5 · 11 replies · 486+ views
    Anti-Defamation League Offers Schools Guidance for Negotiating the 'December Dilemma' Tue Nov 9, 2:39 PM ET To: National Desk and Education Reporter Contact: Myrna Shinbaum, 212-885-7747, Todd Gutnick, 212-885-7755, both of the Anti-Defamation League NEW YORK, Nov. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Each December schools and teachers are confronted with the question of how to approach the holidays without favoring one religious faith over another or making some students feel uncomfortable because their religious background is different from others. To help negotiate this "December dilemma," the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) provides public schools and government institutions with materials and information on...
  • Origin of the Twelve Days of Christmas [An Underground Catechism]

    12/26/2004 5:44:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies · 2,011+ views
    Catholic Information Network.org ^ | 12-17-05 | Fr. Hal Stockert
        ORIGIN OF "THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" An Underground CatechismYou're all familiar with the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" I think. To most it's a delightful nonsense rhyme set to music. But it had a quite serious purpose when it was written.It is a good deal more than just a repetitious melody with pretty phrases and a list of strange gifts.Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829, when Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England, were prohibited from ANY practice of their faith by law - private OR public. It was a crime to BE a...
  • District Sued Over Christmas Carol Ban

    12/26/2004 9:10:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 807+ views
    1010 WINS - New York's All News Station | 1010wins.com District Sued Over Christmas Carol Ban Dec 24, 2004 1:33 pm US/Eastern A public interest law firm from Michigan has sued the South Orange-Maplewood school district over its ban on musical performances that make reference to religious symbols or holidays. The Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., which specializes in religious rights cases, filed the suit in U.S. District Court last week on behalf of Michael Stratechuk, a musician and father of two children who attend schools in the district. "What they've done is offended a whole lot...
  • The Christmas Season and Protestant Carols

    12/23/2004 4:38:11 PM PST · by Destro · 104 replies · 852+ views
    oca.org ^ | 2002 | Fr. John Matusiak
    The Christmas Season and Protestant Carols Meeting the Orthodox Further Q&A on the Orthodox Faith Fr. John Matusiak QUESTION: I converted to Orthodoxy two years ago and, while I do not regret my decision, I have to admit that during the Christmas season, I find myself missing the Protestant church I grew up in and raised my sons in. I feel guilty about this, but truly, there were very good times and many precious memories of those years. We have a small Parish which is predominantly older. I ask myself if this is why I grieve for the past. I...
  • Silent Night

    12/24/2004 3:36:11 AM PST · by kattracks · 20 replies · 498+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 12/23/04 | E. Ralph Hostetter
    "Silent Night! Holy Night! All is calm ..." These are the opening words to one of Christendom's most beloved Christmas carols. One wonders if these very words now signify the demise of America's most sacred day of celebration, Christmas, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. Will all of the nights of the Christmas season be driven into silence within the next generation? If the so-called secularists get their way, this will certainly be true. Never before in modern times have attacks against Christmas and Christianity been so intense. In many of our public schools references to Christmas are...
  • Christmas Skit written by a Freeper (A light-hearted look at the absurdity of political correctness)

    12/23/2004 6:23:28 PM PST · by CaraM · 2 replies · 305+ views
    E-mail from the Author ^ | October 2004 | Nikos Vlachos
    Excerpt: MISS RUGAMYER: Now, children, how can Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer possibly be politically incorrect? CYNTHIA: It shows insensitivity towards people with disabilities. HANK:It mentions the word Christmas. SWEET PEA: And it shows an infringement of Rudolph’s animal rights. MISS RUGAMYER: Francis, how does the song show an infringement of Rudolph’s animal rights? SWEET PEA: Because Rudolph didn’t have a choice when Santa hitched him to the sleigh. MISS RUGAMYER: Class, at this rate, we’re not going to have any songs for our program. Ok…here’s one that I’m sure will not offend anyone. Not even in Brooklyn. Jingle Bells.** Ready?...
  • CHRISTMAS CAROL TRIVIA

    12/22/2004 9:27:37 AM PST · by mware · 34 replies · 6,853+ views
    Brain Candy web site ^ | 12/22/04 | Brain Candy Jokes and humor collection
    Christmas Carol Quiz - Name the carols described in each riddle 1. Oh, member of the round table with missing areas 2. Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres 3. Vehicular homicide was committed on Dad's mom by a precipitous darling 4. Wanted in December: top forward incisors 5. The apartment of two psychiatrists 6. The lad is a diminutive percussionist 7. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis 8. Decorate the entryways 9. Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element 10. Oh small Israel urban center 11. Far off in a haybin 12. We are Kong, Lear, and Nat Cole 13. Duodecimal...
  • After Action Report--Maplewood NJ "Illegal" Christmas Caroling Protest, 12.21.04

    12/21/2004 8:25:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 57 replies · 4,207+ views
    12.21.04
    Columbia High School, Parker Avenue, Maplewood, NJhttp://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/admin.htm Having heard about the event on the Free Republic I decided to go down and check out the action and participate in the “illegal” rally singing those “illegal” religious songs.  I arrived about 5:00 PM the time it was supposed to start and joined in the crowd, about 100 people, which was already singing Christmas Carols.  We were standing in the middle of the road in front of the school where the police had blocked off the street with barricades and police cars and about 5 police were there for crowd control.  It...
  • Christmas Carol Surprises [history and more]

    12/21/2004 8:26:12 AM PST · by sionnsar · 7 replies · 511+ views
    markdroberts.com ^ | 12/21/2004 | The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts
    Table of Contents Part 1 Some Bits of History Part 2 Favorite Christmas Carols Some Bits of HistoryPart 1 in the series “Christmas Carol Surprises” Posted at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2004Okay, I admit it. I love Christmas carols. I love the way they sound. I love the memories they evoke. And, in many cases, I love the truths they celebrate. So in the next few days I’m going to do a short series on Christmas carols. I promise that it will be informative, fun, and maybe a bit inspirational too. Christmas Carol FunDo you like Christmas carols?...
  • N.J. School Bans Christmas Carols

    12/08/2004 9:40:07 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies · 5,630+ views
    N.J. School Bans Christmas Carols MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) Dec. 8, 2004 — School officials are sticking to their ban on Christmas carols during holiday instrumental concerts despite heavy pressure from residents and outsiders. The South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education voted earlier this fall to ban music with "a religious orientation or focus on religious holidays," Brian F. O'Leary, the school board president, reiterated at a Monday night board meeting. Not many are happy about it. "Now that our two towns are more diverse than ever, it seems to me that (the policy) denies it," said Maplewood resident Shirlee Gross. "Thanks...
  • Origin of Silent Night

    12/19/2004 10:16:38 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 43 replies · 793+ views
    Origin of Silent Night IT WAS CHRISTMAS EVE, 1816, and the young priest felt a little lonely. In his hands was the Bible. He had been reading the Christmas story from its pages. Now he was thinking of the beautiful city of Salzburg that had been his home. It seemed faraway from this tiny village high in the Austrian Alps. Already the people were on their way to his little church. They were coming from miles around. To help them find their way they carried flaming torches. From his window the priest could see the lights moving across the valley....
  • Night of caroling won't be silenced

    12/19/2004 10:10:50 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 16 replies · 714+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | December 20, 2004 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    A Republican in the blue state of New Jersey is bucking what some decry as a national trend to eradicate all traces of religion in public places. Steve Lonegan, who is running for the Republican nomination for New Jersey governor, is defying a school-district edict that bans religious music from holiday-season celebrations this year. Mr. Lonegan has asked local residents of all religions to join him at 5 p.m. tomorrow "to sing and listen to" songs such as George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" and "Silent Night," which have been banned from schools, even in instrumental form, by the South Orange/Maplewood School...
  • Hark! Song ban heralds misguided policy

    12/15/2004 2:36:43 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 531+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/15/04 | David Hinckley
    You could say the Maplewood/South Orange School District in New Jersey is trying to take Christ out of Christmas, or at least out of Christmas music. And yes, that's silly. In case you missed the story, Maplewood/South Orange has dropped all Christian religious music from holiday-season celebrations this year. This doesn't just mean the choir can't sing "Adeste Fideles." It means the band can't play an instrumental "Silent Night," which is apparently considered too evocative. It's a bad decision for several reasons, one of them musical. Songs are a wonderful learning device, because they don't feel like school. "Silent Night"...
  • N.J. School Reverses 'Silent Night' Ban

    12/15/2004 7:52:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 907+ views
    NewMax ^ | December 14, 2004 | Carl Limbacher
    A New Jersey talk radio host has succeeded in forcing the Egg Harbor Township board of education to reverse its ban on the Christmas classic "Silent Night," which had been dropped from the school district's holiday program based a single parental complaint. Last night's 7-0 vote by the panel means that "Silent Night" can now be included in this week's Holiday Singalong at the E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School, where the controversy first erupted. The complaining parent, an attorney who has not been publicly identified, asked that the holiday carol be dropped from the program, even though songs about other religious...
  • Boy Scouts raise funds outside ACLU

    12/14/2004 11:53:40 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 41 replies · 1,469+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, December 15, 2004
    Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Boy Scouts raise funds outside ACLUTroop takes annual popcorn sale to Virginia headquarters Posted: December 15, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com A Boy Scout troop that routinely sells popcorn prior to the holidays is taking its fund-raiser to the enemy this year as it hawks the treat today in front of the Virginia headquarters of the American Civil Liberties Union.According to Tom McKenna, chairman of Troop 828's executive committee, the boys will stake out a spot outside the ACLU office in downtown Richmond, Va., from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. The troop is chartered by...
  • Boy Scouts raise funds outside of ACLU HQ in VA

    12/15/2004 6:31:43 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 58 replies · 1,727+ views
    Boy Scouts raise funds outside ACLU Troop takes annual popcorn sale to Virginia headquarters Posted: December 15, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com A Boy Scout troop that routinely sells popcorn prior to the holidays is taking its fund-raiser to the enemy this year as it hawks the treat today in front of the Virginia headquarters of the American Civil Liberties Union. According to Tom McKenna, chairman of Troop 828's executive committee, the boys will stake out a spot outside the ACLU office in downtown Richmond, Va., from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. The troop is chartered...
  • School May Ban 'Silent Night' From Concert Some Parents Not Happy With Issue

    12/13/2004 11:49:59 AM PST · by LibertyRocks · 161 replies · 2,085+ views
    A South Jersey elementary school wants to ban "Silent Night" from its holiday concert, over some parents' objections. Officials at the Slaybaugh School in Egg Harbor Township said that they may not allow kindergarteners to sing the song
  • No Crying He Made? (Vanity)

    12/10/2004 3:55:50 PM PST · by Logophile · 36 replies · 523+ views
    The traditional Christmas song "Away in a Manger" says "The cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes/But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes." This has always struck me as unlikely—infants cry. But perhaps there is some theological point I have missed. Does anyone here believe that the infant Jesus did not cry?
  • A Politically Correct Christmas Carol

    12/11/2004 8:16:35 AM PST · by Sapper26 · 4 replies · 900+ views
    WBAP down here in Dallas has been playing this song regularly. I think it's a hoot and thought some of you might like to hear the future of Christmas music. Assuming that the link works correctly you'll need Windows Media Player to hear it. http://rope.wbap.com/audio/stubie-christmas.wma
  • District bans instrumental Christmas carols

    11/17/2004 5:26:11 PM PST · by concretebob · 73 replies · 7,448+ views
    © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com A school district's long-standing policy banning Christmas songs with religious references is under scrutiny after officials clarified that it includes the prohibition of the performance of instrumental numbers without lyrics. Instead of tunes about Jesus, and even Santa Claus, the 40-member Columbia High School brass ensemble will be limited for the first time to seasonal selections such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Frosty the Snowman," the Newark Star-Ledger reported. Some parents of students in the South Orange/Maplewood School District in New Jersey are perplexed, including Eric Chabrow, whose son plays saxophone in the ensemble. "There needs to be...
  • "Silent Night" Reinstated in Mustang Christmas Program

    12/09/2004 10:38:26 PM PST · by Kryptonite · 35 replies · 1,666+ views
    ChannelOklahoma ^ | 12/09/04 | ChannelOklahoma
    School District Critics Plan Nativity Scene, 'Silent Night' Performances MUSTANG, Okla. -- Lakehoma Elementary School's annual Christmas performance was to include a rendition of "Silent Night" on Thursday evening after Mustang school officials reached a compromised in a dispute over Christian religious elements in the program. The decision came after a number of Mustang residents complained and others announced plans to stage a silent protest Thursday night during the evening performance. Superintendent Karl Springer had originally banned a staged nativity scene and the singing of "Silent Night" because of First Amendment concerns. However, during an early performance of the program...
  • Carols OKd on school buses

    12/09/2004 6:10:16 AM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 6 replies · 266+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 9, 2004 | Barbara Bell
    Christmas carols and other kinds of music will again be played on a Gurnee-area school district's buses after a short-lived ban gave new meaning to the "Silent Night" season. At a special meeting Wednesday night, the Woodland School District 50 board told Supt. Dennis Conti to allow radio music on the buses again. The decision brought applause from audience members, who had packed the board room. Some began singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Conti said he was disappointed that the board did not support his ban, which he contended was a matter of safety, not Christmas music. Sandra...
  • We wish [the ACLU] a Merry Christmas -- After Action Report

    12/08/2004 11:53:29 AM PST · by Nick Danger · 71 replies · 6,505+ views
    Public Advocate ^ | December 8, 2004 | Nick Danger
    Sponsored by Public Advocate, a bunch of us went down to the ACLU Headquarters in Washington this afternoon to, umm, serenade them with Christmas carols. None of that "Holiday music," either. These were actual Christmas carols, with words like "Christ Our Savior is Born." The ACLU people were incredibly cool about the whole thing — they set up a little table with cookies and coffee for us, and stayed downstairs and joined in the singing.The crowd gathers before we startPlease don't sue us!Interesting Times, on right, can actually singEven ACLU folks join in
  • WORST HOLIDAY SONGS (Streisand at #4, just behind the "Jingle Bells" dogs)

    12/08/2004 8:50:15 AM PST · by presidio9 · 330 replies · 9,792+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 7, 2004 | JOHN MAINELLI
    EVER been driven up the chimney by a Christmas song that you really, really hate? New Jersey researchers have named the six worst Christmas songs of all time, as picked by holiday-music fans who were asked to rate more than 600 yule tunes. The biggest lump of coal goes to "O Holy Night" as sung by the foul-mouthed Cartman from "South Park," according to Edison Media Research. Close behind are Seymour Swine & the Squealers' butchered "Blue Christmas," "Jingle Bells" by The Singing Dogs and, separately, Barbra Streisand — and "12 Days of Guido Christmas" by the Ha Ya Doin'...
  • Schools Try To Take Religion Out Of Holiday Concert

    12/07/2004 9:03:09 AM PST · by heyheyhey · 18 replies · 252+ views
    TheNewMexicoChannel.com ^ | December 6, 2004
    MESA, Ariz. -- Many Arizona public elementary schools' winter concerts don't have children singing about angels, Bethlehem or the little Lord Jesus this year. Instead, it's "Frosty the Snowman," "Sleigh Bells" and "Jolly Ol' St. Nicholas." Teachers say the refocusing of music sung at schools is part of a growing effort to be sensitive to an increasingly diverse student population. Some programs that include Christian music such as "Silent Night" or "Away in a Manger" this holiday season also will typically include songs from other religions in an effort to keep every concert balanced. The legal counsel with the Center...
  • Jesus Banned from Christmas Carol to Accomodate Muslims

    12/07/2004 6:07:38 PM PST · by missyme · 132 replies · 2,268+ views
    Religion News ^ | Dec 7th,2004
    ROME - An Italian teacher's efforts to make a Christmas carol more acceptable to young Muslim students by removing the word "Jesus" has rekindled the debate over religious symbols in the Roman Catholic country. A middle-school teacher in the northern Italian town of Como set off a storm when she told Muslims in her class that if they preferred they could replace the line "this is the day of Jesus" with "this is the day of virtue." "Jesus banned in Christmas songs" the daily Il Giornale, run by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's brother, said in a front-page headline Sunday. "Substituting...
  • Muscular Christians Flex Their Muscles

    12/07/2004 2:52:37 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 84 replies · 2,811+ views
    TAS ^ | 12/7/2004 | S. T. Karnick
    Denver-area churches decided that the official, government-sanctioned secularization of the Christmas holiday had gone too far recently when the city's mayor decided to replace the traditional "Merry Christmas" banner atop the local City and County Building with a "Happy Holidays" greeting and the organizers of the local Christmas parade denied permission for a local church to participate. Christians around the city rose up in protest by descending on the city's annual Christmas parade and sang carols emphasizing the Christian origins of the celebration, as noted in this surprisingly sympathetic account in yesterday's New York Times. "Like a spark in dry...
  • C&K Christmas Carol Contest

    12/07/2004 6:22:27 AM PST · by Oreo Kookey · 2 replies · 260+ views
    WABC ^ | 12-7-2004 | Curtis and Kuby
    When a New Jersey high school told it's students they could no longer sing Christmas Carols in school....but Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was still OK....we finally found a topic both Curtis AND Kuby could agree on! WABC's morning hosts both felt what they were doing at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey was a bad idea. The supterintendent said he did not want to offend anybody, so he banned the Christmas carols. WABC's Curtis and Kuby decided to find some schools that still DO sing Christmas Carols. We joined with our partners at Electronics Expo to hold the...
  • Christmas Song Revives Religious Debate

    12/06/2004 12:35:30 PM PST · by nypokerface · 34 replies · 1,172+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/06/04
    ROME (Reuters) - An Italian teacher's efforts to make a Christmas carol more acceptable to young Muslim students by removing the word "Jesus" has rekindled the debate over religious symbols in the Roman Catholic country. A middle-school teacher in the northern Italian town of Como set off a storm when she told Muslims in her class that if they preferred they could replace the line "this is the day of Jesus" with "this is the day of virtue." "Jesus banned in Christmas songs" the daily Il Giornale, run by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's brother, said in a front-page headline Sunday....
  • Christmas Songs For The Mentally Disturbed

    12/05/2004 7:39:57 PM PST · by Michael121 · 182 replies · 3,683+ views
    Jens Blog | today | Jen
    Christmas Songs For The Mentally Disturbed SCHIZOPHRENIA Do you Hear What I Hear? MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER We Three Queens Disoriented Are DEMENTIA I Think I'll Be Home for Christmas NARCISSISTIC Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me MANIC Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Busses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and..... PARANOID Santa Claus is Coming to Get Me. PERSONALITY DISORDER You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll tell you Why. DEPRESSION Silent Anhedonia, Holy Anhedonia, All is Flat,...
  • Union Square kicks out young carolers Grade-school kids get boot for lack of permit from city

    12/05/2004 10:01:45 AM PST · by SmithL · 64 replies · 2,489+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/5/4 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Two dozen San Francisco schoolkids sporting white turtlenecks and Santa hats got a very un-Christmaslike civics lesson the other day when they showed up at Union Square hoping to delight Christmas shoppers with holiday carols. "They just wanted to set up next to the Christmas tree and sing,'' said Donna Vargas, one of the parents who escorted the fifth- and sixth-graders from San Francisco Day School on Friday's outing. Instead, they got the boot. Seems they didn't have a city permit -- so after a brief run-in with the park's security, the kids were shooed away. "How can children not...
  • Snubbed churchgoers make selves heard on every corner (of Denver "Holiday" parade)

    12/04/2004 9:59:56 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 112 replies · 2,454+ views
    Denver News ^ | Dec 4 04 | Montero and Sheeler
    Bruce Bain doesn't attend church regularly, but nothing was going to keep him from showing up on the corner of 17th Street and Tremont Place on Friday night. "How can you have the Parade of Lights without the 'light of the world'?" he asked. "Christmas is a religious holiday." So the 56-year-old Englewood man joined hundreds of Christmas carolers from metro-area churches and sang along the Parade of Lights route. They sang on 15th Street. They sang at Court Place. And they sang at Colfax Avenue and Bannock Street. What they didn't do was raise hell. Yes, it was a...
  • Top 10 Christmas Carols (vanity)

    12/02/2004 11:19:15 AM PST · by pissant · 31 replies · 4,702+ views
    Pissant | 12/2/04 | Pissant
    My definitive top 10 best Christmas Carols. Feel free to fill in the 11th thru the nth. Cheers Christ Themed 10. Angels We have Heard on High 9. O Come, O Come Emmanuel 8. We three Kings 7. Hark the Herald Angels Sing 6. The First Noel 5. Joy to the World 4. What Child is This 3. Oh Come all Ye Faithful 2. Silent Night 1. Oh Holy Night Non-Religious 10. Silver Bells 9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 8. Sleigh Ride 7. Deck the Halls 6. Let it Snow 5. Winter Wonderland 4. I Saw Three Ships...
  • ASCAP updates Top 25 Holiday Song List; 'The Christmas Song' Tops List

    12/04/2004 7:41:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 122 replies · 2,825+ views
    NEW YORK (ASCAP/ www.ascap.com) - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers today announced an update of its Top 25 most-performed Holiday songs based on the Society's most recent performance data. Topping the list is "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" written by Robert Wells and the singing great, Mel Torme.