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Cold in the Night

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Ps104_33, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Ps104_33

    Ps104_33 New Member

    Sep 3, 2001
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    Wis. School Allegedly Strips Christ From 'Silent Night'
    (BP)--An elementary school in Wisconsin allegedly has written new lyrics for "Silent Night" for its winter program, stripping away all references to Christ and replacing them with winter weather themes.
    The conservative legal group Liberty Counsel says that Ridgeway Elementary School -- located approximately 30 miles west of Madison -- is asking students to memorize "Cold in the Night," sung to the tune of the popular Christmas carol "Silent Night." Liberty Counsel also says the school has decorated its classrooms with Santa Clauses, Kwanza-themed items, Menorahs and a "Labafana" -- which Liberty Counsel says is a Christmas witch -- but has no Christmas decorations.
    Liberty Counsel, which represents a student's parent, says it will file a lawsuit if the situation is not addressed. The group sent a letter to school administrators.
    "When a school changes 'Silent Night' to 'Cold in the Night' and secularizes the lyrics, it is hostile to Christianity, and its actions violate the First Amendment," Liberty Counsel President Mathew Staver told Baptist Press.
    "The law is clear that Christmas is constitutional, and when a public school intentionally mocks Christian Christmas songs by secularizing their content, they cross the line from being neutral to putting itself in a hostile position."
    A request by Baptist Press seeking comment from a Ridgeway Elementary School administrator was not returned.
    Staver said the school's actions violate both the First Amendment's free speech guarantees and the religious free exercise clause.
    According to Liberty Counsel, the lyrics of "Silent Night" have been changed to:
    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
    "It's about a cold winter night sung to the tune of Silent Night," Staver said. "When you hear this song sung, it's the traditional Silent Night hymn."
    The first verse of Silent Night traditionally reads:
    Silent night, holy night
    All is calm, all is bright
    Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
    Holy Infant so tender and mild
    Sleep in heavenly peace
    Sleep in heavenly peace
    "The war on Christmas has reached the level of the absurd," Staver said. "This year has illustrated that fact."
    The lyrics of "Silent Night" were written by Austrian Joseph Mohr (1792-1848). Franz Gruber set the lyrics to music. The song was translated into English by John Freeman Young in 1863.

  2. robycop3

    robycop3 Well-Known Member
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    Jul 31, 2000
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    I hope this "Liberty Counsel" fights this change tooth & nail. It's about time we stood up to the PC New-Age-Liberals & put them in their place. After all, they ARE only a small but vocal minority and the best way to legally silence them is to vocally rise up in concert against them, and vote their people outta office.

    Remember...If you must use an attorney, bu sure to choose one who doesn't support the ACLU in any way.