Long Island School Removes Christ from Silent Night

The song might be titled “Silent Night” but parents at a school in Long Island, N.Y. are anything but silent after hearing their children perform the 500-year old Christmas song Silent Night with all references to Christ removed.

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 too happy with that, it’s kind of insulting,” parent Robert Dowd said.

“There’s been a lot of changes in the schools and I don’t agree with them,” one man said.

“It’s kind of embarrassing that they would do something like that,” another man said.

The school superintendent and principal of the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School have since apologized.

They admit it was a mistake to edit the song and promise it won’t happen again, Xirinachs reported.

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