Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Right wing War on Truth - another Christmas fraud

If you saw Sam Seder of Majority Report hand republicultist Bob Knight his ass on CNN, you remember Knight claiming that a school changed the words of Silent Night to Cold Night?

It was bullshit.

From Think Progress,

War on Christmas Fraud Exposed: The Silent Night “Rewrite” That Wasn’t

On Friday, Bill O’Reilly took to the airwaves to share the latest “War on Christmas” outrage:

In Dodgeville, Wisconsin, the Ridgewood Elementary School has changed the song Silent Night to Cold in the Night and forced the kids to sing the lyrics, “Cold in the night, No one in sight, Winter winds whirl and bite,” to the tune of the original Silent Night.

O’Reilly was by no means the only conservative to repeat this story. During a Dec. 10 appearance on Fox News, Mathew Staver of the Liberty Counsel said the presentation at Ridgewood Elementary had “no balance here. They have no Christian Christmas carols.” He even threatened to sue the school:

People are outraged. We sent a demand letter asking them to immediately change the song and allow the actual lyrics of “Silent Night,” and if they do not, if they insist on this ridiculous course of action, we’ll file a federal lawsuit.

As it turns out, the entire story is a fraud.

The song is from a Christmas play by a Choir director about a scrawny Christmas tree that brings everyone together. More details at the link.

And it has nothing to do with Charlie Brown...

And I agree with Cal Thomas... It doesn't happen often, but he thinks the War on Christmas is crap.
I do not care if a mall employee wishes me a "Merry Christmas," or not, or if mall managers favor snowpersons over manger scenes, or erect trees they call "holiday" and not "Christmas." It isn't about their observing this event, giving us a "religious rush" and creating a false sense of security that culture is better than it is. It is about people who believe in this historic event observing it in a way that recalls the birth of the Savior of the world (not the savior of the bottom line): silently, wondrously and worshipfully.

It's rare, but sometimes, Cal isn't a complete assclown.

by Robster @ 12/14/2005 11:05:00 PM PERMALink