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 â€œHoly infantâ€ and â€œChrist the Savior,â€ from the popular Christmas carol before a student concert last week, WCBS 880â€²s Mike Xirinachs reported. The intent was to avoid offending non-Christians, but the change left others upset.
â€œIâ€™m not too happy with that, itâ€™s kind of insulting,â€ parent Robert Dowd said.
â€œThereâ€™s been a lot of changes in the schools and I donâ€™t agree with them,â€ one man said.
â€œItâ€™s kind of embarrassing that they would do something like that,â€ 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 wonâ€™t happen again, Xirinachs reported.